The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is designating final revised critical habitat for the arroyo toad (Anaxyrus californicus, Bufo californicus). They are designating approximately 98,366 acres (ac) (39,807 hectares (ha)) of habitat in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, and San Diego Counties, California, as critical habitat for the arroyo toad. This final revised designation constitutes an increase of approximately 86,671 ac (35,074 ha) from the 2005 designation of critical habitat for the arroyo toad. A taxonomic name change has occurred and been accepted for the arroyo toad.
This rule becomes effective on March 11, 2011. The final rule, final economic analysis, and map of critical habitat will be available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov at Docket No. FWS-R8-ES-2009-0069, http://www.fws.gov/ventura/, and http://www.fws.gov/carlsbad/.
Comments and materials received, as well as supporting documentation used in preparing this final rule, will be available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours, at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, 2493 Portola Road, Suite B, Ventura, CA 93003; telephone 805- 644-1766; facsimile 805-644-3958.
They intend to discuss only those topics directly relevant to the designation of revised critical habitat for the arroyo toad under the Endangered Species Act, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), in this final rule. For more information on the taxonomy, biology, and ecology of the arroyo toad, refer to the final listing rule published in the Federal Register on December 16, 1994 (59 FR 64859); the final critical habitat rule published in the Federal Register on February 7, 2001 (66 FR 9414); the final revised critical habitat rule published in the Federal Register on April 13, 2005 (70 FR 19562); and the proposed revised critical habitat rule published in the Federal Register on October 13, 2009 (74 FR 52612). Additionally, information on this species can be found in the Recovery Plan for the Arroyo Southwestern Toad (Bufo microscaphus californicus) finalized on July 24, 1999 (Service 1999). The nomenclature for the listed entity has changed to "arroyo toad (Anaxyrus californicus)" but this change does not alter the description or distribution of the animals.
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