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Critical Habitat Summary for Buena Vista Lake Shrew

Krista M. Cotter

Animal Legal & Historical Center
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Place of Publication: Michigan State University College of Law
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Critical Habitat Summary for Buena Vista Lake Shrew


FEDERAL REGISTER, Vol. 70, No. 014, Rules and Regulation, United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), 50 CFR Part 17, RIN 1018-AT66, 70 FR 3438

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Final Rule To Designate Critical Habitat for the Buena Vista Lake Shrew (Sorex ornatus relictus)



Effective: 2/23/05


Overview:  Final rule by the FWS designating a critical habitat for the Buena Vista Lake Shrew, consisting of 84 acres, in accordance with the 1973 Endangered Species Act.  The shrew was listed as endangered through a final rule that was published in the Federal Register on March 6, 2002 (67 FR 10101).  The designation of the critical habitat for the shrew was made pursuant to a judicial order from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.  The order arose from Kern County Farm Bureau v. Badgley, U.S. Dist, LEXIS 24125, 2002. 



  1. Critical Habitat - the specific areas within the geographic area occupied by a species, at the time it is listed in accordance with the Act, on which are found those physical or biological features essential to the conservation of the species and that may require special management considerations or protection; and specific areas outside the geographic area occupied by a species at the time it is listed, upon a determination that such areas are essential for the conservation of the species.  7 FR 3438, 3447 3448.
  2. Conservation - the use of all methods and procedures that are necessary to bring an endangered or a threatened species to the point at which listing under the Act is no longer necessary.  7 FR 3438, 3447 3448.
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