PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Filed December 22, 1998, 8:58 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Classification review to consider listing as endangered, threatened, or sensitive: Mardon skipper, chinquapin hairstreak, Puget blue, whulge checkerspot, valley silverspot, northern leopard frog, common loon, common murre, Olympic mudminnow, and western pocket gopher. Continue recovery plan development for the lynx, sea otter, and western pond turtle.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 77.12.020.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Listing and recovery of species affords protection and restoration for vulnerable and declining species. The department is seeking biological information for status reports and recovery plans which will assist in this process. Information is sought regarding life history, habitat requirements and status, population distribution, status and trends, population demographics, management activities, and recovery strategies.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: USFWS, NMFS notification of state listing action.
Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Mike Kuttel, Assistant Director, Wildlife Management Program, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, phone (360) 902-2504, fax (360) 902-2162.
December 22, 1998