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DOI/FWS RIN: 1018-BD80 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Allowing for Designation of Experimental Populations of Unlisted Species  

FWS proposes to revise the current regulations at 50 CFR part 17, subpart H, to establish a new tool to implement conservation for species prior to a listing under the Endangered Species Act. The ability to establish experimental populations in advance of a potential listing would provide greater regulatory predictability and reduce regulatory burden should listing of the species be necessary. Establishing experimental populations prior to a listing would also create incentives for early conservation and could result in precluding the need to list. If the species is subsequently listed, it could allow for greater flexibility for recovery actions and potentially speed recovery and delisting.

Agency: Department of the Interior(DOI)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant 
CFR Citation: None     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  12/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Local, State, Tribal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Lisa Ellis
Chief, Branch of Recovery, Conservation Planning, and Communication
Department of the Interior
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Ecological Services, 5275 Leesburg Pike,
Falls Church, VA 22041-3803
Phone:703 358-2307