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Public meetings on delist of Borax Lake chub, Foskett Spring speckled dace

UPDATE Nov. 29, 2016: Commission consideration of the delisting of the Borax Lake chub and Foskett Spring speckled dace has been postponed until 2017.

November 3, 2016

SALEM, Ore.— ODFW will host public meetings in Burns, Lakeview and Salem to get input from people interested in the status of Borax Lake chub and Foskett Spring speckled dace. ODFW is proposing to remove both species from the state’s List of Threatened and Endangered Species. Both have been the focus of substantial recovery actions since the time of their listing in the late 1980s.

The meetings will be held:.

  • Monday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m., Harney County Community Center (484 N. Broadway, Burns)
  • Thursday, Nov. 10, 6 p.m., ODFW Lakeview office (18560 Roberta Rd, Lakeview)
  • Monday, Nov. 21, 4 p.m., ODFW HQ (4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, Salem)

People not able to attend one of these meetings can send written comments by Nov. 30, 2016 to Fish.Research@state.or.us or to OESA Delisting, Corvallis Research Lab, 28655 Hwy 34, Corvallis, OR 97333.

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission is expected to make a decision about delisting these species at their meeting on Dec. 2 in Salem at ODFW Headquarters, when in-person public testimony will also be taken.

Borax Lake chub are found only in Borax Lake (Alvord Desert, Harney County) and its surrounding wetlands, and were listed as Endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1980. Foskett Spring speckled dace are found only in Foskett Spring and nearby Dace Spring (Lake County), and were listed as Threatened under the federal ESA in 1985. Both faced threats to their limited habitat. When Oregon’s State List of Threatened and Endangered Species was first adopted in 1987, these species were added to it because they were already listed under the federal ESA.

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Contact:

Mike Meeuwig
michael.meeuwig@oregonstate.edu
tel. 541-223-1576

 
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