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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service South Dakota Ecological Services Field Office Pierre, South Dakota.
The purpose of the proposed action is to designate critical habitat for the northern Great Plains breeding population of piping plovers (Charadrius melodus) by utilizing provisions of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The purpose of the Act is to conserve the ecosystems upon which endangered and threatened species depend. Critical habitat designation identifies areas essential to the survival and recovery of the piping plover, and describes physical and biological features within critical habitat that require special management considerations to achieve conservation of the species.