At the California Fish and Game Commission meeting in San Diego an agenda item for consideration was the Petition to consider listing the flat-tailed horned lizard as a California Endangered Species. The potential listing has been in review for almost two years and a staff report was issued that recommended that list of the FTHL is not warranted.
Today the Commission received a status review and public comments concerning the proposed Petition to list and voted to accept staff recommendation that listing of the FTHL is not warranted. Next step is to produce a “finding of fact” document that will be presented at the next Commission for formal adoption of the finding.
The Arizona Game and Fish, representing Flat-tailed Horned Lizard Interagency Coordinating Committee, presented comprehensive data indicating a stable population of lizards within the habitat area. The El Centro BLM submitted documentation supporting federal actions to protect critical habitat that eliminates the defined habitat from consideration of potential development.
While this round is a win for OHV recreation, the adopted findings call for a status review in 3-5 years.