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Photo Credit - USFWS
Delisting - Removal from Threatened and Endangered List
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced that, thanks to decades of collaborative conservation efforts under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), it is removing the Modoc sucker from the Act's protections. This marks the second-time that a fish has been 'delisted' due to recovery, the Oregon chub having been delisted earlier this year.
The Modoc sucker is a small fish native to the Upper Pit River Watershed in Southern Oregon and Northeastern California. The fish was listed as endangered in 1985 due to habitat loss and degradation from overgrazing, siltation and channelization due to agriculture practices. Predation from non-native fish and loss of genetic integrity due to hybridization with Sacramento suckers were also viewed as threats.
NEWS RELEASE - December 7, 2015 (34kb-pdf)
DELISTING BACKGROUND INFORMATION - November 2015 (42kb-pdf)
FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICE - December 8, 2015 (292kb-pdf)
Post Delisting Monitoring Plan - July 2015 (14529kb-pdf)
Species Report - October 2015 (1218kb-pdf)
Modoc Sucker Distribution - Map July 2013 (1118kb-pdf)
YouTube Video - Discussion
Modoc Sucker Spawning
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
Implementation Plans for Bull Trout Recovery
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.
NEWS RELEASE - June 2, 2015 (39kb-pdf)
FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICE - June 4, 2015 (181kb-pdf)
Map: Bull Trout Recovery Units - (390kb-pdf)
Draft Klamath Recovery Unit Implementation Plan - (369kb-pdf)
Link to All Six - Draft Bull Trout Recovery Planning Documents
Question and Answers - (286kb-pdf)
Link to main Bull Trout website
Bull Trout Photo
Courtesy of Joel Sartore
|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)
SPECIES PROFILE - link to ECOS -
West Coast Distinct Population - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (84kb-pdf)
For more information - link to LEAD OFFICE - Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office
Please see the the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Region 8 website for additional information - link to Region 8 CNO office
|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.
NEWS RELEASE - August 28, 2014 (108kb-pdf)
FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICE - Final Listing - August 29, 2014 (784kb-pdf)
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
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
FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICE - April 16, 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)
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)
Lost River Sucker
Spawning - 2008
Lost River Sucker
Upper Klamath Lake