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Urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Extend the Comment Period on Proposed Rule
that Will Limit OHV Access
In early October the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) issued a proposed rule to list the Coral Pink Sand Dunes Tiger beetle as a threatened species and to designate most of the Coral Pink Sand Dunes geologic formation as critical habitat for the subspecies. If this rule is finalized as proposed it would almost certainly ensure that OHV access in the Coral Pink Sand Dunes area will be forever lost.
Comments on the proposed rule are currently due on December 3, 2012. Given the complex nature of the proposal, this does not provide enough time for the OHV community to develop comprehensive comments. It is important to note that the USFWS will only consider comments that are made “solely on the basis of the best scientific and commercial data available.” This means that comments that only indicate support for or opposition to the designation will not be considered by FWS in making a determination on the proposal. More time is necessary to review the proposal as well as the sources cited within. It is important that you go to regulations.gov and formally request at least a 90 day extension of the comment period.
Three of Utah’s Members of Congress have weighed in already. On November 2nd, Senator Mike Lee and Representatives Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz wrote USFWS Director Daniel Ashe urging him to extend the comment period by 90 days. Please click here
to join them in calling for an extension.
Fill in your information and request at least a 90 day extension of the comment period. Below is a sample that can be cut and pasted into the comment box.
As an off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiast, I request an extension of at least 90 days to the comment period on the Proposed Rule on Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Proposed Threatened Status for Coral Pink Sand Dunes Tiger Beetle and Designation of Critical Habitat. It will be impossible to review and develop comprehensive comments on this complex rule and related materials by December 3rd. The 60 days currently allotted is particularly insufficient as only comments that are made “solely on the basis of the best scientific and commercial data available” will be considered by the Fish and Wildlife Service in making a determination. This rule would have a significant impact on motorized recreation so it is imperative that other OHV enthusiasts and I have adequate time to fully understand and comment on the proposal. Thank you for your consideration.