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KOB.com, June 22, 2010

Feds propose critical habitat for snails, shrimp
By Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to set aside more than 500 acres in southern New Mexico and West Texas as critical habitat for three endangered snails and a freshwater shrimp.

The public has 60 days to comment on the proposal.

The agency reached a settlement with environmentalists last year over critical habitat for the Roswell springsnail, Koster's springsnail, Noel's amphipod and the Pecos assiminea snail.

The agency initially proposed designating more than 1,500 acres of critical habitat for the Pecos snail and just over 1,100 for the other three in 2002. A final decision in 2005 trimmed the Pecos snail's critical habitat to nearly 400 acres and did not designate any critical habitat for the other species.

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.

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