USFWS transfers real estate to Texas Salamanders Prime

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August 18, 2021 US Fish and Wildlife Service (hereinafter “the Service”) published in the Federal Register, the final rule specifying over 1,315 acres on 14 sites as critical habitat (the “Final Rule”) for two neotenic salamander species only known from Williamson and Bell Counties, Texas: Georgetown salamanders (Eurycea naufragia) and salado salamander (Eurycea chisholmensis). These species are “neotenic” because they do not transform into terrestrial form, but instead spend their entire life cycle in water. The final rule was published in accordance with a settlement agreement between the Service and the Center for Biological Diversity, which sets deadlines for the agency to issue proposed and final designations of critical habitats for this species.

The final rule takes effect on September 17, 2021.

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