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DOI/FWS RIN: 1018-BF98 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Revision of the Regulations for Experimental Populations 

Pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA), this proposed rule would revise the regulations at 50 CFR part 17, subpart H, to delete references to historical range to allow flexibility to establish an experimental population beyond the current or historical range, if FWS determines it is necessary to address impacts of climate change and provide for the conservation of the species. In addition, we would also make revisions to improve organization and clarity as well as to align our regulations with those of current National Marine Fisheries Service ESA section 10(j) regulations.

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 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 17   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/07/2022  87 FR 34625   
NPRM Comment Period End  08/08/2022 
Final Action  06/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Federal, State 
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 and Conservation Planning
Department of the Interior
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Ecological Services, 5275 Leesburg Pike,
Falls Church, VA 22041-3803
Phone:703 358-2307