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      Land Near Lincoln Designated for Protection of Salt Creek Tiger Beetle

      LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has made its final ruling and has designated 1,110 acres of land near Lincoln as critical habitat for the endangered Salt Creek tiger beetle.
      The service published its decision in the Federal Register on Monday. The designation takes effect June 5.
      The number of acres is smaller than the 1,933 acres proposed in 2010, but the service says the land holds enough habitat to support recovery of the species.
      Service biologist Bob Harms says the land includes saline wetlands along Little Salt Creek, Rock Creek, Oak Creek and Haines Branch Creek in Lancaster County.
      Several areas already have been protected through governmental partnerships. In 2013 the total estimated population of the beetles was 365.
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