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February 29, 2008

Please Respond to the Online Strategic Planning Questionnaire Coming Your Way U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes to Expand Critical Lynx Habitat in Six States
Please Respond to the Online Strategic Planning Questionnaire Coming Your Way

Soon, you will be receiving an online questionnaire from our strategic planning consultant. You will be asked to answer a few questions to help us direct the future of America Outdoors to better serve your interests. Your timely response will be vital to our strategic planning efforts. Please take a few minutes to respond to this on line survey. Respondents will be included in a drawing to receive a $100 Amex gift card.

If you have questions, please give me a call at 432-371-2633. Greg Henington, President.

 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes to Expand Critical Lynx Habitat in Six States

The USFWS is proposing to add 42,753 square miles in six states in the lower 48 as critical habitat for the Canadian Lynx. A Federal Register Notice calls for comments on or before April 28, 2008. Among the issues subject to comment are:

  1. Whether the areas should be designated "critical habitat";
  2. What areas that are occupied are essential to conservation of the specie;
  3. Land uses and planned activities in the proposed "critical habitat";
  4. Which lands within the counties listed should be included as critical habitat and whether certain Tribal lands, private lands, or National Forests within the urban-wildland interface should be excluded, where thinning may be occurring to diminish the threat of wildfires;
  5. Whether the Greater Yellowstone Areas is essential to the conservation of lynx;
  6. Whether there are any foreseeable economic impacts and impacts on small entities and benefits of excluding areas that exhibit these impacts;
  7. Suggested improvements to the agency's approach or ways to accommodate public concerns.
Critical habitat would be expanded to include the following state and counties:
Maine - Aroostook, Franklin, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset Counties;
Idaho - Boundary County;
Minnesota - Cook, Koochiching, Lake, St. Louis Counties;
Montana - Flathead, Glacier, Granite, Lake, Lewis and Clark, Lincoln, Missoula, Pondera, Powell, Teton, Gallatin, Park, Sweetgrass, Stillwater, and Carbon Counties;
Washington - Chelan, Okanogan Counties; Wyoming - Park, Teton, Fremont, Sublette, Lincoln Counties.

Other issues are also listed in the Notice which will be posted on the Americaoutdoors.org Website under Proposed Rules and Regulations under Member Resources. Your password is reno. AO will be preparing comments for submission to the agency based on any concerns expressed by members.
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