New regs for Tuesday: Fish and conservation projects

Tuesday’s edition of the Federal Register contains a final rule from the Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the Modoc sucker from the endangered species list and a proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow local governments to acquire land for conservation projects.


Here’s what to look for:


Fish: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will issue a final rule to remove the Modoc sucker from the federal list of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. This rare species of fish, which is usually less than 6 inches in length, is native to northern California and southern Oregon.


FWS said the threats to this species of fish have been eliminated or reduced to the point that it no longer meets the definition of an endangered species or a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.


The rule will take effect in 30 days.


Conservation: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will propose a rule to allow recipients of Community Forest Program grants to grant conservation easements to funding entities and, in some circumstances, to convey land to another eligible entity if their plans are consistent with the program’s purposes.


The changes being made to the current version of the rule will apply to new grants as well as grants that were previously awarded.


USDA said the proposed rule will not regulate the private use of land or business conduct. It is a grant program to allow local governments, tribal governments and qualified nonprofit organizations to acquire land for resource conservation and open space preservation.


The public will have 90 days to comment.