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USFWS Conducts Five-year Status Reviews of 36 Southeastern Species

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As part of the process mandated by the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct five-year status reviews of 36 endangered or threatened fish, wildlife, and plants.  They are found in the Southeastern United States and Puerto Rico.

The public is invited to provide information and comments concerning these species on or before June 10, 2019.

These five-year reviews will ensure listing classifications under the ESA are accurate, and recommend changes in status where appropriate based on the latest science and analysis.  In addition to reviewing the classification of these species, a five-year review presents an opportunity to track the species’ recovery progress.  It may benefit species by providing valuable information to guide future conservation efforts.

Information gathered during a review can assist in making funding decisions, consideration related to reclassifying species status, conducting interagency consultations, making permitting decisions, and determining whether to update recovery plans, and other actions under the ESA.

This notice announces the review of 22 fish, wildlife and plants currently federally listed as endangered:

Endangered Fish and Wildlife

Key Largo cotton mouse, Perdido Key beach mouse, Cape Sable seaside sparrow, Everglade snail kite, bluemask darter, duskytail darter, Choctaw bean, Neosho mucket, round ebonyshell, southern kidneyshell, royal marstonia, and Saint francis satyr

Endangered Plants

Palo de ramon, pygmy fringe tree, Cape Sable thoroughwort, Garrett’s mint, scrub mint, spreading avens, rock gnome lichen, Highlands scrub hypericum, Carter’s mustard, and Florida ziziphus

This notice announces an active review of 14 fish, wildlife, and plants currently federally listed as threatened:

Threatened Fish and Wildlife

Audubon’s crested caracara, bluetail mole skink, sand skink, snail darter, Waccamaw silverside, spring pygmy sunfish, Arkansas fatmucket, fuzzy pigtoe, narrow pigtoe, rabbitsfoot, southern sandshell, tapered pigtoe, noonday snail

Threatened Plants

Georgia rockcress

The five-year reviews seek information on: (1) species biology, including population trends, distribution, abundance, demographics, and genetics; (2) habitat conditions, including amount, distribution, and suitability; (3) conservation measures that have been implemented; (4) threat status and trends; and, (5) other new information, data, or corrections, including taxonomic or nomenclatural changes; identification of erroneous information contained in the ESA list; and improved analytical methods.

Comments and materials received will be available for public inspection by appointment.

The Federal Register notice announcing the status review of these 36 federally listed fish, wildlife and plants is available online here.

Written comments and information about fish should be e-mailed, faxed, or sent via regular mail to: Todd Shaw  USFWS, 446 Neal Street; Cookeville, TN  38501 or 931-528-6481.