AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Proposed rule; withdrawal.
SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), withdraw the
proposed rule to reclassify the arroyo toad (Anaxyrus californicus) as
threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act).
This withdrawal is based on our conclusion that the types of threats to
the arroyo toad remain the same as at the time of listing and are
ongoing, and new threats have been identified. Some conservation
efforts are ongoing in most populations to help manage and reduce
impacts to arroyo toads from many ongoing threats; however, the species
has not yet responded to an extent that would allow a change in listing
status. The intent of the reclassification criteria in the recovery
plan (Service 1999) has not been met. We have therefore determined that
reclassification of this species is not appropriate at this time.
DATES: The March 27, 2014 (79 FR 17106), proposed rule to reclassify
the arroyo toad as threatened is withdrawn as of December 23, 2015.
ADDRESSES: This withdrawal, comments on our March 27, 2014, proposed
rule (79 FR 17106), and supplementary documents are available on the
Internet at http://www.regulations.gov
at Docket No. FWS-R8-ES-2014-
0007. Comments and materials received, as well as supporting
documentation used in the preparation of this withdrawal, are also
available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business
hours at: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ventura Fish and Wildlife
Office, 2493 Portola Road, Suite B, Ventura, CA 93003; telephone 805-
644-1766; or facsimile 805-644-3958.