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DOI/FWS RIN: 1018-BH08 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Threatened Species Status With Section 4(d) Rule for the Northwestern Pond Turtle and the Southwestern Pond Turtle  

FWS proposes to list the northwestern pond turtle (Actinemys marmorata) and the southwestern pond turtle (Actinemys pallida) as threatened species with rules issued under section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act (Act). The northwestern pond turtle is found in Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and northern and central California. The southwestern pond turtle is found in California and parts of Mexico. FWS determined that designating critical habitat for these species is prudent but was not determinable at the time of publication of the proposed rule. The Act allows the Service an additional year to publish a critical habitat designation that is not determinable at the time of listing.

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:
Action Source Description Date
NPRM  Judicial  Settlement agreement  09/30/2023 
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  10/03/2023  88 FR 68370   
NPRM Comment Period End  12/04/2023 
Final Action  09/00/2024 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Caitlin Snyder
Branch of Domestic Listing, Ecological Services Program
Department of the Interior
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: ES,
Falls Church, VA 22041-3803
Phone:703 358-2673
Fax:703 358-1800