Pacific Southwest Region
California, Nevada and Klamath Basin

Service Initiates Status Review of 34 Protected Species

May 21, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 21, 2010
Contacts:
Jane Hendron, Carlsbad FWO; 760-431-9440
Jeannie Stafford, Nevada FWO; 775-861-6300
Al Donner, Sacramento FWO; 916-414-6600
Lois Grunwald, Ventura FWO; 805-644-1766

Service Initiates Status Review of 34 Protected Species
Service Seeks Latest Scientific Information on Species Health, Population Trends

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is requesting information as part of the status reviews of 34 protected species in California and Nevada. Required by the Endangered Species Act, the purpose of these reviews is to ensure that the listing of the species as threatened or endangered is accurate, and based on the best scientific and commercial data available, and to determine whether the listing status should be considered for change. To accomplish this, the Service is requesting submission of any new information produced since the original listing of each of these 34 species by July 20, 2010.

Under the ESA, the Service maintains a list of endangered and threatened wildlife and plants, and conducts a review of these species at least once every five years to determine whether or not any species should be removed from the list (delisted), or reclassified from endangered to threatened or from threatened to endangered. Delisting a species must be supported by scientific data and will only considered if the species is neither endangered nor threatened for one or more of the following reasons: the species is considered extinct and/or the species is considered to be recovered. A species may also be delisted if the data available when the species was listed, or the interpretation of such data, were in error.

To ensure that the review is as thorough as possible, the Service is soliciting new information about these species from the public, concerned governmental agencies, Tribes, the scientific community, industry, environmental entities, and any other interested parties.

Categories of requested information include:

– Species biology, including population trends, distribution, abundance, demographics, and genetics.

– Habitat conditions, including amount, distribution, and suitability.

– Conservation measures that have been implemented that benefit the species.

– Threat status and trends; and other new information, data, or corrections, including taxonomic or nomenclatural changes, identification of erroneous information, and improved analytical methods.

Lead management responsibilities for species contained in this review are assigned to Fish and Wildlife Offices (FWO) within the Pacific Southwest Region. Information about species reviewed can be found on the following designated Fish and Wildlife Office websites:

Carlsbad FWO ( http://www.fws.gov/carlsbad)

California least tern, Island night lizard, Least Bell's vireo, Mountain yellow-legged frog, Santa Catalina Island fox, Hidden Lake bluecurls, San Clemente Island bush mallow, San Clemente Island Indian paintbrush, San Clemente Island larkspur, San Clemente Island lotus (broom), San Clemente Island woodland star, and Santa Cruz Island rock-cress. Send information to Field Supervisor, Attention:  5-Year Review, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office, 6010 Hidden Valley Road, Carlsbad, CA 92011.  Information may also be submitted electronically at fw8cfwocomments@fws.gov

Sacramento FWO (http://www.fws.gov/sacramento)

Buena Vista Lake ornate shrew, California clapper rail, California tiger salamander, Little Kern golden trout, Riparian brush rabbit, Riparian woodrat (San Joaquin Valley), Baker's larkspur, Presidio manzanita, San Francisco lessingia, and Yellow larkspur. Send information to Field Supervisor, Attention:  5-Year Review, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Room W-2605, Sacramento, CA 95825. Information may also be submitted electronically at fw1sfo5year@fws.gov.

Ventura FWO (http://www.fws.gov/ventura)

Morro Bay Kangaroo rat, Santa Cruz island fox, San Miguel island fox, Santa Rosa island fox, Gaviota tarplant, island malacothrix, La Graciosa thistle, Lompoc Yerba Santa, Santa Cruz Island malacothrix, and Santa Cruz tarplant. Send information to Field Supervisor, Attention:  5-Year Review, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, 2493 Portola Road, Suite B, Ventura, CA 93003.  Information may also be submitted electronically at fw1vfwo5year@fws.gov.

Nevada FWO (http://www.fws.gov/nevada)

Cui-ui, and Ash Meadows sunray. Send information to Field Supervisor, Attention:  5-Year Review, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Nevada Fish and Wildlife Office, 1340 Financial Blvd., Suite 234, Reno, Nevada 89502-7147.  Information may also be submitted electronically at fw1nfwo_5yr@fws.gov

Under the Act, the Service maintains a list of endangered and threatened wildlife and plant species at 50 CFR 17.11 (for animals) and 17.12 (for plants). The Act also requires that we conduct a review of listed species at least once every 5 years and on the basis of such reviews determine whether or not any species should be removed from the List (delisted), or reclassified from endangered to threatened (downlisted) or from threatened to endangered (uplisted). Any change in federal classification requires a separate rulemaking process distinct from the 5-year review.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov .

More information about the Fish and Wildlife Service operations in the Pacific Southwest Region (California, Nevada, and the Klamath Basin) is available at www.fws.gov/cno

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