The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has drafted an environmental assessment for a program to support the conservation of the southwestern willow flycatcher. This endangered bird nests and feeds in dense forests of willow and non-native saltcedar (tamarisk) trees along rivers in the southwestern United States.
The draft document includes feedback received during the 30-day public comment period that ended on November 26, 2018. APHIS invites public comment on the proposed conservation program alternatives to identify additional potential alternatives and environmental issues and determine whether we should prepare an environmental impact statement instead of an environmental assessment.
We are making the draft environmental assessment available to the public for review and comment for 30 days, ending August 8, 2019 at: http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2018-0064 .
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