NOTE: Comments on the USFWS proposed 4(d) rule must be submitted by 4/25/14.
The USFWS issued its final listing rule on the Georgetown and Salado salamanders on February 22, 2014, placing both species in the "threatened" category. In addition the US Fish and Wildlife Service published a proposed 4(d) Special Rule. Section 4(d) of the ESA allows the USFWS to establish special regulations for threatened (not endangered) species, subspecies, and Distinct Population Segments. These "4(d) rules" take the place of the normal protections of the Endangered SPecies Act and may either increase or decrease the ESA's normal protections. The ESA specifies that 4(d) rules must be "necessary and advisable to provide for the conservation of such species."
The WCCF has developed informational web pages devoted specifically to salamander issues. To go directly to those pages go to wilco.org/salamander.