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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

50 CFR Part 17

RIN 1018-AH05


Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants;
Reopening of
Comment Period for the Proposal To Designate Critical
Habitat for the
Wenatchee Mountains Checker-Mallow, and Notice of
Availability of the
Draft Economic Analysis for Proposed Critical Habitat
for the Wenatchee
Mountains Checker-Mallow

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Proposed rule; reopening of comment period and
notice of
availability of draft economic analysis.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
announce the reopening
of the comment period for the proposed designation of
critical habitat
for the Wenatchee Mountains checker-mallow (Sidalcea
oregana var.
calva), and the availability of the draft economic
analysis for the
plant's proposed designation of critical habitat. We
are reopening the
comment period for the proposal to designate critical
habitat for this
species to allow all interested parties to comment
simultaneously on
the proposed rule and the associated draft economic
analysis. Comments
previously submitted need not be resubmitted as they
will be
incorporated into the public record as part of this
extended comment
period and will be fully considered in the final rule.

DATES: We will accept public comments until June 14,
2001.

ADDRESSES: Written comments and information should be
submitted to
Manager, Western Washington Office, U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service, 510
Desmond Drive SE., Suite 102, Lacey, Washington
98503-1263. For the
electronic mail address, and further instructions on
commenting, refer
to Public Comments Solicited section of this notice.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general
information, contact Ted
Thomas or James Michaels, at the above address
(telephone 360/753-9440;
facsimile 360/753-9518).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

The Wenatchee Mountains checker-mallow (Sidalcea
oregana var.
calva) is an herbaceous perennial known from wetlands
of the Wenatchee
Mountains in central Washington. The plant ranges in
height from 20 to
150 centimeters (8 to 60 inches), with pink flower
clusters with one to
many stalked flowers arranged singly along a common
stem. The species
occurs at six locations, all are known from Chelan
County, Washington.
Pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as
amended (Act)
(16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), Sidalcea oregana var. calva
was listed as an
endangered species on December 22, 1999 (64 FR 71680).
Habitat
fragmentation and destruction from alterations of
hydrology, rural
residential development, conversion of native wetlands
to orchards and
other agricultural uses, competition form nonnative
plants, seed and
plant collection, and fire suppression and the
activities associated
with fire suppression threaten Sidalcea oregana var.
calva.
In April 2000, as a result of a suit from the
Southwest Center for
Biological Diversity and the Center for Biological
Diversity, we
reached a settlement agreement on when to publish a
proposed and final
critical habitat designation for Sidalcea oregana var.
calva. We agreed
to publish a proposed critical habitat designation for
this species on
or before December 31, 2000, and a final critical
habitat designation
on or before August 31, 2001.
On January 18, 2001, we published a proposed rule
in the Federal
Register (66 FR 4783) to designate critical habitat
for Sidalcea
oregana var. calva. The original comment period closed
on March 19,
2001. We intend to reopen the comment period for an
additional 30 days
to allow all interested parties to comment
simultaneously on the
proposed rule and the associated draft economic
analysis.
We have proposed to designate critical habitat in
one critical
habitat unit totaling approximately 2,486 hectares
(6,137 acres) in
Chelan County, Washington. The area encompasses a
majority of the Camas
Creek and Pendleton Creek watersheds.
Critical habitat receives protection from
destruction or adverse
modification through required consultation under
section 7 of the Act
with regard to actions carried out,

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funded, or authorized by a Federal agency. Section
4(b)(2) of the Act
requires that we designate or revise critical habitat
based upon the
best scientific and commercial data available, after
taking into
consideration the economic impact of specifying any
particular area as
critical habitat. Based upon the previously published
proposal to
designate critical habitat for Sidalcea oregana var.
calva, we have
prepared a draft economic analysis of the proposed
critical habitat
designation. The draft economic analysis is available
on the Internet
and from the mailing addresses in the Public Comments
Solicited section
below.

Public Comments Solicited

We will accept written comments and information
during this re-
opened comment period. If you wish to comment, you may
submit your
comments and materials concerning this proposal by any
of several
methods:
(1) You may submit written comments and
information to the Manager,
Western Washington Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, 510 Desmond
Drive SE, Suite 102, Lacey, Washington 98503-1263.
(2) You may send comments by electronic mail
(e-mail) to:
fw1wwo_checkermallow@r1.fws.gov. If you submit
comments by e-mail,
please submit them as an ASCII file and avoid the use
of special
characters and any form of encryption. Please also
include ``Attn: RIN
1018-AH05'' and your name and return address in your
e-mail message. If
you do not receive a confirmation from the system that
we have received
your e-mail message, contact us directly by calling
our Western
Washington Office at telephone number 360/753-9440.
(3) You may hand-deliver comments to our Western
Washington Office
at the address given above.
Comments and materials received, as well as
supporting
documentation used in preparation of the proposal to
designate critical
habitat, will be available for inspection, by
appointment, during
normal business hours at the address under (1) above.
Copies of the
draft economic analysis are available on the Internet
at
``www.r1.fws.gov'' or by writing to the Manager at the
address under
(1) above.

Author

The primary author of this notice is Ted Thomas
(see ADDRESSES
section).

Authority

The authority for this action is the Endangered
Species Act of 1973
(16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

Dated: March 14, 2001.
Rowan W. Gould,
Acting Regional Director, Region 1, Fish and Wildlife
Service.
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