High Priority Message to Concerned Patriots of Arkansas
~ An Assault On Property Rights ~
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) regulations for the Ozark Hellbender salamander will become effective November 7, 2011. Areas are not currently being declared as endangered habitats, but the stated reason for doing so is that people go into the habitat areas and try to kill out the species.
The listed areas of regulation in Missouri and Arkansas are: the White River drainage area, the Spring River, the White River, the Black River, the Eleven Point River, and their tributaries, the North Fork River, Bryant Creek, and Jacks Fork. This includes the North Fork reservoir, and also Beaver, Table Rock, and Bull Shoals lakes. Current populations are known to occur in the North Fork, White, and Eleven Point rivers.
Some of the restrictions will affect: stream bank clearing or disturbing/removing large rocks from streams; stream bank depredations (“preying upon or plundering”) through cattle farming, farming, nutrient runoff; and in stream dredging and dams. Other regulations affect logging, horseback riding, off-road vehicles, canoeing, and outboard motors. You’re sure to find others with a little research of the documents. These restrictions also include private property. It’s possible that violating these regulations could lead to fines and even arrest. Remember, the Hellbender salamander is more important than you, your civil rights, or your personal liberties (according to the EPA).
Mentioned were towns, cities, and counties that will already be regulated because of a Federal Nexus, such as agreements attached to federal grant monies or Federal permits already awarded.
The information below (between the series of asterisks) is from the Federal Register regarding the ESA ruling. For the full text (including supplementary information), click here
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Federal Register Volume 76, Number 194
(Thursday, October 6, 2011)
[Rules and Regulations]
Endangered Status for the Ozark Hellbender Salamander
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Final rule.
SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), determine endangered status under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), as amended, for the Ozark Hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis bishopi), a subspecies found in northern Arkansas and southern Missouri. This final rule implements the Federal protections provided by the Act for this species. We have also determined that the designation of critical habitat for the Ozark Hellbender is not prudent. The final rule for the CITES Appendix III listing for the Ozark and Eastern Hellbender is being published concurrently in today’s Federal Register.
DATES: This final rule is effective November 7, 2011.
ADDRESSES: The final rule is available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov and at the Columbia Missouri Ecological Services Field Office. Comments and materials received, as well as supporting documentation used in the preparation of this rule, will be available for public inspection, by
appointment, during normal business hours at:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
Columbia Missouri Ecological Services Field Office,
101 Park De Ville Dr., Suite A,
Columbia, MO 65203;
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Charles Scott, Field Supervisor, at
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Columbia Missouri Ecological Services Field Office (see ADDRESSES section).
If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), please call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.