Pacific Southwest Region
California, Nevada and Klamath Basin

Service Recommends No Change in Status for 26 Species in California, Nevada and Southern Oregon

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 Recommends No Change in Status for 26 Species in California, Nevada and Southern Oregon.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the completion of 5-year reviews for 26 plant and animal species in California, Nevada, and southern Oregon.  The Service is recommending no change in status for the species reviewed.

Species included in this review include: Blunt-nosed leopard lizard; Calistoga allocaraya; clover lupine; Fresno kangaroo rat; Giant kangaroo rat; Mission blue butterfly; salt marsh harvest mouse; San Bruno elfin butterfly; San Joaquin kit fox; Tipton kangaroo rat;  Napa bluegrass;, slender Orcutt grass; Owen's tui chub; California seablite; Santa Monica Mountains dudleya; island bedstraw; Monterey clover; Nipomo lupine; Ohlone tiger beetle; robust spineflower; Santa Barbara distinct population segment (DPS) of the California tiger salamander; Scotts Valley polygonum; Scotts Valley spineflower;  Coachella Valley milk-vetch; Ash Meadows Armargosa pupfish and White River spinedace.

The 26 species are included in a list of 5-year reviews for 96 species completed during Fiscal Year 2009 and early Fiscal Year 2010 which was published in today’s Federal Register.  Copies of the completed 5-year reviews can be found on the Pacific Southwest Region website at: http://www.fws.gov/cno/es/five_year_review_lists.html  

The 5-year reviews were undertaken as required by section 4(c)(2)(A) of the Endangered Species Act (Act). This list of completed reviews incorporates species that were noticed for review on July 7, 2005; March 22, 2006; February 14, 2007; March 5, 2008; and March 25, 2009. The 5-year review constitutes a recommendation by the Service. Any change in the listing status will require a separate rulemaking process.

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)
Coachella Valley milk-vetch.

Sacramento FWO (http://www.fws.gov/sacramento)
Bunt-nosed leopard lizard; Calistoga allocaraya; clover lupine; Fresno kangaroo rat; Giant kangaroo rat; Mission blue butterfly; salt marsh harvest mouse; San Bruno elfin butterfly; San Joaquin kit fox; Tipton kangaroo rat; Napa bluegrass; slender Orcutt grass.

 Ventura FWO (http://www.fws.gov/ventura)
Owen's tui chub; California seablite; Santa Monica Mountains dudleya; island bedstraw; Monterey clover; Nipomo lupine; Ohlone tiger beetle; robust spineflower; Santa Barbara distinct population segment (DPS) of the California tiger salamander; Scotts Valley polygonum; Scotts Valley spineflower.

Nevada FWO (http://www.fws.gov/nevada)
Ash Meadows Armargosa pupfish and White River spinedace

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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