FWS Lists West Virginia Salamander Species as Endangered, Proposes Critical Habitat

On December 20, 2023, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register listing the West Virginia spring salamander (Gyrinophilus subterraneus), an amphibian species from Greenbrier County, West Virginia, as an endangered species.

Additionally, FWS proposes to designate approximately 3.5 kilometers (2.2 miles) in Greenbrier County, West Virginia as critical habitat for the species.

FWS has certified that the proposed critical habitat designation will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.

Comments on the proposed rule are due February 20, 2024.