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Canada Geese
Photo Credit - USFWS

Leona's Little Blue Butterfly

ESA Protections for Leona's Little Blue Butterfly Not Warranted

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the Leona's Little Blue Butterfly is not warranted for protection under the Endangered Species Act at this time. The butterfly occupies volcanic ash and pumice fields that form non-forested meadows in the vicinity of Sand and Scott Creeks in Klamath County, Oregon.

The Service evaluated the Leona's Little Blue Butterfly for various stressors including impacts from wildfire, climate change, timber management, fire suppression, invasive plants, encroachment of lodgepole pine and effets associated with small and isolated populations. After a thorough evaluation of the best information and data available, the Service concluded that these stressors do not rise to the level of a threat either individually or cumulatively.

NEWS RELEASE - June 22, 2015 (149kb-pdf)
FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICE - June 23, 2015 (250kb-pdf)

Leona's Little Blue Butterfly - Frequently Asked Questions - (FAQ) (217kb-pdf)
Species Report - May 2015 (1.16mb-pdf)
Map: Leona's Little Blue Overview (193kb-pdf)

Leona's Little Blue Butterfly
Photo Credit: Will Hatcher, Klamath Tribes

Bull Trout

Implementation Plans for Bull Trout Recovery - Comment Period

BOISE, Idaho - Efforts to conserve a key cold-water fish species got a boost today when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released the draft Recovery Unit Implementation Plans that will be part of a final recovery plan outlining the conservation actions needed to recover bull trout.

The draft Implementation Plans were developed in collaboration with interested and knowledgeable federal, tribal, state, private, and other parties. Each of the six draft Implementation Plans identifies recovery unit-specific conservation actions needed to address threats such as loss of habitat connectivity and passage barriers, non-native fish competition and predation, and the sometimes adverse efficts of land-management practices such as road building, forest management and land conversion.

Bull trout are a cold-water salmonid of relatively pristine stream and lake habitats in western North America. Once abundant in Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, Idaho and Montana, bull trout are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in the lower 48 states.

The six draft Implementation Plans are available for public comment during a 45-day period, which closes July 20, 2015.

NEWS RELEASE - June 2, 2015 (39kb-pdf)
FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICE - June 4, 2015 (181kb-pdf)

Map: Bull Trout Recovery Units -
Draft Klamath Recovery Unit Implementation Plan -
Link to All Six - Draft Bull Trout Recovery Planning Documents
Question and Answers -
Link to main Bull Trout website

Bull Trout
Bull Trout Photo
Courtesy of Joel Sartore

Modoc Sucker

Proposed Delisting-Reopening Comment Period

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the reopening of the public comment period on our February 13, 2014, proposed rule to remove the Modoc sucker from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. The comment period is open for 30 days and will close on March 16, 2015. The comment period is being reopened in order to comply with the public notification requirements of the Endangered Species Act.

NEWS RELEASE - February 13, 2015 (35kb-pdf)
FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICE - February 13, 2015 (270kb-pdf)

Literature Cited - February 13, 2014 (20kb-pdf)
Draft - Post Delisting Monitoring Plan - February 13, 2014 (409kb-pdf)
Species Report - August, 2013 (393kb-pdf)
Modoc Sucker Distribution - Map July 2013 (1118kb-pdf)

Modoc Sucker
Larvel Modoc Sucker

Modoc Sucker
Modoc Sucker Spawning
2003 - Photo-CDFW

Fisher-West Coast Distinct Population

Proposed Rule to List as Threatened Species

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today, October 6, 2014, it is seeking information from the scientific community, the public and interested stakeholders on its proposal to protect the West Coast population of fisher as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

NEWS RELEASE (305kb-pdf)
FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICE - October 7, 2014 (707kb-pdf)

DRAFT SPECIES REPORT - September 11, 2014 (9.2mb-pdf)
West Coast Distinct Population - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (84kb-pdf)

For more information - link to LEAD OFFICE - Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office

The Service will also host a series of informational meetings and one public hearing. The public hearing is scheduled for November 17, 2014, at the Red Lion Inn, 1830 Hilltop Dr., Redding, California from 6 to 8 p.m.
A number of Public Meetings are also scheduled throughout the west coast. Please see the the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Region 8 website for additional information - link to Region 8 CNO office

Fisher, USFS
Oregon Spotted Frog

Species Protection Under the Endangered Species Act

Today, August 28, 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced its decision to extend protection to the Oregon spotted frog (Rana pretiosa) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

The species will be protected throughout its range, which extends from southwestern British Columbia through the Puget/Willamette Valley, and in the Cascades Range from south-central Washington to the Klamath Basin in Oregon.

The final rule designating critical habitat for the Oregon spotted frog is expected in the fall.

Final Listing
- August 28, 2014 (108kb-pdf)
FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICE - Final Listing - August 29, 2014 (784kb-pdf)

Critical Habitat
FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICE - Proposed Critical Habitat - June 18, 2014 (486kb-pdf)
FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICE - Proposed Critical Habitat - August 29, 2013 (3.26mb-pdf)

Species Profile - link to ECOS - Oregon spotted frog
For more information - link to lead office - Washington Fish and Wildlife Office
Oregon Spotted Frog - Frequently Asked Questions - August 29, 2013 (151kb-pdf)

Oregon spotted frog
Oregon spotted frog

OSF egg mass
Egg mass - USFWS

PacifiCorp-Klamath Hydroelectric Project-Habitat Conservation Plan

Interim Operations Habitat Conservation Plan for Lost River and Shortnose Suckers

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to PacificCorp, in conjunction with the company's comprehensive plan to conserve the endangered Lost River and shortnose suckers in the Klamath Basin. PacifiCorp is an electric energy-producing company based in Portland, Oregon, that operates seven facilities as part of its Klamath Hydroelectric Project.

Under the terms of the ITP, PacifiCorp will implement avoidance, minimization, and mitigation measures described in its Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP).

NEWS RELEASE - February 20, 2014 (31kb-pdf)
Habitat Conservation Plan - November 20, 2013 (2714kb-pdf)
Environmental Assessment - December 2013 (479kb-pdf)
Findings, Recommendations and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) - December 2013 (542kb-pdf)
Intra-Service Biological Opinion - December 13, 2013 (833kb-pdf)

Lost River and Shortnose Sucker

Revised Recovery Plan

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced (April 16, 2013) the release of the final Revised Recovery Plan for the Lost River Sucker (Deltistes luxatus) and the Shortnose Sucker (Chasmistes brevirostris). This updated recovery plan replaces the 1993 recovery plan.

NEWS RELEASE - April 15, 2013
FINAL Revised Recovery Plan for the Lost River Sucker and Shortnose Sucker - April 15, 2013 (1662kb-pdf)
Lost River and Shortnose Sucker - Factsheet (384kb-pdf)

Designated Critical Habitat for the Lost River and Shortnose Sucker

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it has designated critical habitat for the endangered Lost River sucker and shortnose sucker. Critical habitat was first proposed for these species in 1994, but was never completed due to higher conservation priorities for the listed sucker.

NEWS RELEASE - December 10, 2012
FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICE December 11, 2012 (2226kb-pdf)
Economic Analysis (3454kb-pdf)
References Cited
Final Memo

Critical Habitat Maps
Unit 1-Lost River Sucker
Unit 1-Shortnose Sucker
Unit 2-Lost River Sucker
Unit 2-Shortnose Sucker

2013 Proposed Klamath Project Operations - Joint Biological Opinion
(National Marine Fisheries Service and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service)

2013 Final Klamath Project Biological Opinion (5/31/2013 7985kb-pdf)

LRS Spawn
Lost River Sucker
Spawning - 2008

Juvenile Sucker Xray
Juvenile Sucker Xray Color
Juvenile Sucker
Xrays - Photo-USFWS

Lost River Sucker
Lost River Sucker
Upper Klamath Lake
2010 - Photo-USFWS

Shortnose Sucker
Shortnose Sucker
Williamson River
2011 - Photo-USFWS


Last updated: June 23, 2015