The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announce the availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment for the reintroduction of the third wild population of the Puerto Rican parrot in Puerto Rico
The public is invited to comment*
November 21, 2013
Contacts: Marisel López 787-887-8769
Edwin Muñiz 787-851-7297
Puerto Rican parrot (Amazona vittata)
Photo by: Pablo Torres-Báez, USFWS
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced today the availability for public comments of the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the reintroduction of the third wild population of the Puerto Rican parrot in Puerto Rico. This Draft EA has been prepared as a requisite of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
Once abundant and widespread throughout the Puerto Rican archipelago, the Puerto Rican parrot (Amazona vittata) is presently on of the10 most endangered birds in the world. Habitat loss together with natural enemies is considered among the major causes for the precipitous decline of the species during the 20th century. Currently, a single wild population of 20-25 individuals survives in the El Yunque National Forest and a population of 55-112 individuals near the Rio Abajo commonwealth Forest. The Puerto Rican parrot is currently listed as endangered. Read full press release>>
Comments must be submitted by U.S. mail, hand delivered or by email to the following addresses:
*The 30-day public comment period on this proposed action is underway and will continue until December 21, 2013. comments and supporting information received or postmarked on or before that date will be accepted; those submitted electronically must be stamped by 11:59pm Eastern Time on that date.
Marisel López Flores
Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery Program
P.O. Box 1600
Río Grande, P.R. 00745
Calle García de la Noceda Local 38
Río Grande, P.R. 00745
*For more information visit about the Puerto Rican parrot third population click on the following link:
Three Caribbean Plants Proposed for Protection and the Most Important Habitat Identified
The public is invited to comment.
October 21, 2013
Contact: Marelisa Rivera at 787-851-7297, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gonocalyx concolor Agave eggersiana Varronia rupicola
Photo by: JP Zegarra, USFWS Photo by: Christian Torres, USFWS Photo by: Carlos Pacheco, USFWS
Link to video of the three plants proposed: http://www.fws.gov/southeast/video/Listing3Caribbeanplants720p.mov
For transcript of video please click on the following link: Video Transcript PDF (821KB)
The vivid red flowers of Gonocalyx concolor hang like tiny bells throughout dense and very wet areas of the Carite Commonwealth forests in Puerto Rico, at high elevations. Deep yellow Agave eggersiana flowers stand tall on the arid coastal cliffs of the Island of St. Croix, USVI to face the ocean. Varronia rupicola petite white flowers are surrounded by rough green leaves and together beautify low coastal shrub forests in southern Puerto Rico and Vieques Island. These very different tropical plants grow in separate ecosystems throughout the American Caribbean, but they all share the need for conservation. and more protection. Experts believe these plants may have been widely distributed in the past. Today, only a few populations remain in places that are disconnected and few locations still retain the necessary physical and biological attributes to sustain their existence.
To conserve and protect these plants and the ecosystems upon which they depend, the Service is proposing to list Agave eggersiana and Gonocalyx concolor as endangered species, and the Varronia rupicola as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The Service is also proposing to designate about 50.6 acres (20.5 hectares) of critical habitat A. eggersiana in St. Croix, USVI; 198 acres (80.1 hectares) for G. concolor in Puerto Rico; and 6,547 acres (2,648 hectares) for V. rupicola in southern Puerto Rico and Vieques Island. The proposed rule published in the Federal Register on October 22, 2013. The service invites citizens and organizations to provide comments on the proposal December 23, 2013.
Comments should be submitted by one of the following methods:
- Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments on Attn: FWS-R4-ES-2013-0103, for the proposed listing and FWS-R4-ES-2013-0040, for the proposed critical habitat designation.
- U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R4-ES-2013-0103, for the proposed listing and FWS-R4-ES-2013-0040, for the proposed critical habitat designation, Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 222, Arlington, VA 22203. All comments, including personal information, will made be available on http://www.regulations.gov.
For more information click on link for full announcement: Caribbean Plants Press Release PDF ver. (80KB)
For Spanish version "Comunicado de Prensa" versión PDF (25KB)
Listing Proposal for three Caribbean plants PDF ver (325KB)
Proposal to list - Literature Cited PDF ver (87KB)
Critical Habitat Designation Proposal for the three Caribbean plants PDF ver (1,136KB)
Critical Habitat Proposal - Literature Cited PDF (66KB)
List of Threatened and Endangered Plants in the Caribbean
2012 Draft Revised Florida and Antillean Manatee Stock Assessments Available for Review and Comment
Manatee facing the camera, by Jan Paul Zegarra, USFWS
March 28, 2013
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has developed draft revised marine mammal stock assessment reports (SAR) for the two West Indian manatee sub-species: the Antillean manatees in Puerto Rico and the Florida manatee.
The formal Notice of Availability published on Wednesday, March 28, 2013, in the Federal Register. A public review and comment period is now open for 90-days. Comments and supporting information must be received on or before June 26, 2013.
Comments and supporting information must be submitted using one of the following methods:
Electronically via the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments to Docket No. FWS-R4-ES-2012-0081; or
U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: Docket No. FWS-R4-ES-2012-0081; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042-PDM; Arlington, VA 22203.
Please indicate to which revised stock assessment report(s)-the Antillean manatee or Florida manatee-your comments apply. We will not accept e-mail, faxes or submissions sent to an address other than as outlined above. All comments will post on http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS-R4-ES-2012-0081.
Draft Antillean Manatee SAR- Puerto Rico Stock - PDF ver. - 217KB
Antillean Manatee Literature Cited - PDF ver. - 97KB
Notice of Availability - PDF ver. - 225KB
Antillean Manatee Fact Sheet - html
Draft Florida manatee SAR - PDF ver - 164KB
Service Begins Commemoration of 40th Anniversary Commemoration
January 14, 2013
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will honor the 40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act with a year-long commemoration of the Act that has been so successful in stabilizing populations of species at risk, preventing the extinction of many others and conserving the habitats upon which they depend. A new dedicated web site spotlights the history and accomplishments of efforts to protect and recover America’s threatened and endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.
Edwin Muñiz Esq., CESFO Supervisor/Photo by Carlos Pacheco, USFWS
2013 Wildlife Conservation in the Caribbean
Edwin Muñiz, Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office Supervisor, presents a retrospective look at 2012 and seven individual stories that give a glimpse at what is underway in 2013.
New information on the distribution and status of bariaco
September 9, 2012-The US Fish and Wildlife Service and botanists from the University of Puerto Rico, recently reviewed the status of the endangered bariaco plant (Trichilia triacantha). The experts report that the distribution of natural populations have expanded... (Read more)
Bariaco plant/Photo by F. Suárez
Federal and State Agencies Reaffirm their Commitment to the Recovery of the Endangered Puerto Rican Parrot
PRDNER, USFS and USFWS Leaders sign agreement/Photo by E. Muñiz, USFWS
August 16, 2012- At an interagency meeting, leaders from the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (PRDNER), the US Forest Service (USFS), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) reaffirmed their commitment to the Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery Program...(Read more).
Agencias Federales y Estatal Reafirman su compromiso con la Recuperación de la Cotorra Puertorriqueña, en Peligro de Extinción (En Español).
Alerta a Nautas-Manaties en Aguas Llanas
Manatee surfacing to catch some air/Photo by M. Morel
Exhortamos a los nautas, operadores de botes y motoras acuaticas, a tomar precaución con los manaties este verano. Para más información
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