The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is seeking comments regarding a reopened proposed designation of critical habitat for the black pinesnake in Mississippi and Alabama. Comments are due Nov. 13.
The current reopened comment period proposes an increased critical habitat footprint for the listed snake, but one that involves fewer privately-owned acres. In March 2015, the USFWS proposed designating 338,100 acres of critical habitat in Forrest, George, Greene, Harrison, Jones, Marion, Perry, Stone, and Wayne counties, MS, and Clarke County, AL.
The new proposal seeks to designate 338,379 acres across those same counties, but fewer of them are privately owned. This proposed change came as a result of comments submitted in the original March 2015 comment period.