PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Filed October 14, 2020, 2:44 p.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is considering a recommendation to classify Oregon vesper sparrow, island marble butterfly, and Cascade red fox as state endangered, threatened, or sensitive (WAC 220-610-010 and 220-200-100).
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department is responsible for making recommendations regarding listing status of certain animal species, and if those species should be classified as sensitive, threatened, or endangered. To properly classify the status of the Oregon vesper sparrow, island marble butterfly, and Cascade red fox the department will review all relevant data pertaining to the population status and factors affecting existence in Washington state. Initial review indicates that the species have declined significantly and multiple factors negatively affect their continued existence in Washington.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: For Oregon vesper sparrow, island marble butterfly, and Cascade red fox federal and state agencies that regulate or support occurrences of this species include the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, United States Department of Defense, National Park Service, and United States Forest Service. The department will coordinate with appropriate federal and state agencies during the review period.
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 Eric Gardner, P.O. Box 43200, phone 360-902-2515, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website wdfw.wa.gov.
October 14, 2020