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Virginia northern flying Squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus fuscus)

Federal Register | Recovery | Critical Habitat | Conservation Plans | Petitions | Life History

Listing Status:   

General Information

This squirrel has a brown dorsal pelage, distinguished by slate-colored belly hairs. The species coat is dense, soft, and grayish-brown. The tail is broad, horizontally flattened, and there are membranes (patagia) between the fore and hind legs. The eyes are prominent, large and blackish. The squirrel has a length between 11 and 12 in. (approximately 290 mm), and weighs between 4 and 6.5 ounces (100-185 grams).

 
Current Listing Status Summary
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
07-31-1985 Northeast Region (Region 5) Entire

» Federal Register Documents

Federal Register Documents
Date Citation Page Title
10-09-2007 72 FR 57346 57347 Draft Post-Delisting Monitoring Plan for the Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus fuscus)
03-04-2013 78 FR 14022 14023 Reinstatement of Removal of the Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel From the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife
11-21-1984 49 FR 45880 45884 Proposed End. Status for 2 Kinds of Northern Flying Squirrel; 49 FR 45880- 45884
03-06-2007 72 FR 9913 Proposed Rule To Remove the Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus fuscus) from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife
11-29-2002 67 FR 71192 71193 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants: Notice of Receipt of an Application for an Incidental Take Permit and Availability and Opening of Comment Period for an Environmental Assessment/Habitat Conservation Plan (EA/HCP) for the West Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel in Association With Camp Wilderness Development Project at Snowshoe Mountain Resort, Pocahontas County, WV
07-01-1985 50 FR 26999 27002 Determination of End. Status for 2 Kinds of Northern Flying Squirrel; 50 FR 26999-27002
09-07-2005 70 FR 53141 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants: Notice of Receipt of an Application for an Incidental Take Permit and Availability and Opening of Comment Period for a Draft Environmental Assessment Habitat Conservation Plan for the West Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel in Association wiht Snowshoe Mountain, Incorporated, Pocahontas County, WV
12-30-1982 47 FR 58454 58460 Review of Vertebrate Wildlife for Listing as End. or Thr. Species
12-19-2006 71 FR 75924 75931 Proposed Rule to Remove the Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus fuscus) From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife
06-17-2011 76 FR 35349 35350 Reinstatement of Listing Protections for the Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel in Compliance With a Court Order
03-04-2013 78 FR 14022 14023 Reinstatement of Removal of the Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel From the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife
08-26-2008 73 FR 50226 50247 Final Rule Removing the Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus fuscus) From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife
02-21-2007 72 FR 7852 7853 Proposed Rule to Remove the Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus fuscus) From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife
07-06-2005 70 FR 38976 Initiation of a 5-Year Review of 5 Listed Species: The Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus fuscus), Delmarva Peninsula Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger cinereus), Northeastern Bulrush (Scirpus ancistrochaetus), Chittenango Ovate Amber Snail (Succinea chittenangoensis), and Virginia Round-Leaf Birch (Betula uber)

» Recovery

Current Recovery Plan(s)
Date Title Plan Action Status Plan Status
09-24-1990 Appalachian Northern Flying Squirrels (2 spp.) View Implementation Progress Final
09-06-2001 Appalachian Northern Flying Squirrels Recovery Plan Update; Amendment to Appendix A - Guidelines For Habitat Identification and Management For Glaucomys sabrinus fuscus Recovery efforts in progress, but no implementation information yet to display Final
Other Recovery Documents
Date Citation Page Title Document Type
03-04-2013 78 FR 14022 14023 Reinstatement of Removal of the Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel From the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife
  • Final Delisting, Recovered
03-04-2013 78 FR 14022 14023 Reinstatement of Removal of the Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel From the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife
  • Final Delisting, Recovered
08-26-2008 73 FR 50226 50247 Final Rule Removing the Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus fuscus) From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife
  • Final Delisting, Recovered
10-09-2007 72 FR 57346 57347 Draft Post-Delisting Monitoring Plan for the Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus fuscus)
  • Notice Comment Period for Monitoring Plan
  • Notice Doc. Availability, Draft Post Delisting Monitoring Plan
12-19-2006 71 FR 75924 75931 Proposed Rule to Remove the Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus fuscus) From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife
  • Proposed Delisting, Recovered
07-06-2005 70 FR 38976 Initiation of a 5-Year Review of 5 Listed Species: The Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus fuscus), Delmarva Peninsula Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger cinereus), Northeastern Bulrush (Scirpus ancistrochaetus), Chittenango Ovate Amber Snail (Succinea chittenangoensis), and Virginia Round-Leaf Birch (Betula uber)
  • Notice 5-year Review
Five Year Review
Date Title
05-19-2006 Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel 5-Year Review
Delisting Documents
Date Title
12-01-2007 Final PDM plan for WNNFS
10-09-2007 Virginia northern flying squirrel Draft PDM plan

» Critical Habitat

No critical habitat rules have been published for the Virginia northern flying Squirrel, Entire.

» Conservation Plans

Habitat Conservation Plans (HCP) (learn more)
HCP Plan Summaries
Habitat Conservation Plan for the West Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel: Recreation and Infrastructure Expansion at Snowshoe Mountain
Snowshoe Mountain Resort (Camp Wilderness), Intrawest

» Petitions

» Life History

No Life History information has been entered into this system for this species.

» Other Resources

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