Advocacy Submits Comments on FWS Designation of Critical Habitat for the Northern Mexican Gartersnake and Narrow-Headed Gartersnake

On April 28, 2020 the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) published a revised proposed rule to designate critical habitat for the northern Mexican gartersnake and narrow-headed gartersnake. The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy (Advocacy) commends the Service for revising its previous proposal, incorporating the best available scientific data and public comments. Such designations must be based on updated available scientific data and must consider public comments and economic impacts, as the Service has done in this rulemaking. Advocacy further urges the Service to consider the full scope of economic impacts and to conduct a proper and thorough Regulatory Flexibility Act analysis for its critical habitat rulemakings.

Comment Letter

Fact Sheet

For further information, please contact Prianka Sharma with the Office of Advocacy.

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