Fish and Wildlife Service Withdraws Proposed Species Listing that Would Have Impacted OHV Access

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Original Action Alert:

Send an Email Thanking Representatives Bishop and Chaffetz and Senator Lee for their Help in Ensuring that the Coral Pink Sand Dunes Tiger Beetle is no Longer to be Listed as Threatened

As you may recall, ARRA alerted you late last year that 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 the rule would have been finalized as proposed it would have almost certainly ensured that OHV access in the Coral Pink Sand Dunes area would have been forever lost.

Fortunately the USFWS has withdrawn this proposed rule. The official notice from the Federal Register can be found here:

ARRA would like to thank all of you who weighed in and everyone else who had a hand in ensuring that sound science and collaboration prevailed on this issue. A special note of thanks is offered to Representatives Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) who all played an active and effective role in this process.

Please click the Send Message button to send an email thanking Representatives Bishop and Chaffetz and Senator Lee for their leadership on this issue.

The notice of withdrawal states: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), withdraw the proposed rule to list the Coral Pink Sand Dunes tiger beetle, Cicindela albissima, as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), and designate critical habitat for the species. This withdrawal is based on our conclusion that the threats to the species as identified in the proposed rule no longer are as significant as believed at the time of the proposed rule. We base this conclusion on our analysis of current and future threats and conservation efforts. We find the best scientific and commercial data available indicate that the threats to the species and its habitat have been reduced below the statutory definition of threatened or endangered. Therefore, we are withdrawing our proposal to list the species as threatened with critical habitat.

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Americans for Responsible Recreational Access (ARRA) was formed to ensure that Americans are not arbitrarily denied the right to responsibly experience and enjoy the public lands that belong to the citizens of the United States. The members of ARRA, which include horseback riders, personal watercraft users, off-highway vehicle and snowmobile riders, and vacationing families, have joined together to provide input on decisions regarding land use designation, recreation opportunities, and preservation. Its members seek responsible consideration of competing activities, which are based on sound environmental principles.

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