Peer Review
Midwest Region

Peer Review of Scientific Information

Enhancing the Quality and Credibility of Information

In order to improve the quality and credibility of the scientific information we use to make regulatory decisions, the Fish and Wildlife Service has implemented a formal "peer review" process for influential scientific documents.

While we have always consulted experts to ensure that our decisions are based on sound science, through this peer review process we follow the guidelines for Federal agencies spelled out in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) This link opens in a new window"Final Information Quality Bulletin for Peer Review," (PDF, 263 KB) released December 16, 2004.

Part of the peer review process is to provide information on the Web about how each peer review is to be conducted, as described in this checklist.

 


Peer Review Agenda

We have identified the following documents as meeting the OMB criteria of peer review for influential scientific information. Click on a title to get more information about that document and the peer review process we have set up for it. This list will be updated as necessary.

Posting Date Draft Document Title Status
November 26, 2012 Peer Review Plan for the Listing Decision for the Northern Long-eared Bat (Myotis septentrionalis) 2-page PDF In Progress
April 30, 2012

Proposed Listing for Grotto Sculpin and Designation of Critical Habitat (PDF)

Sept. 25, 2013 Federal Register Final Rule: Determination of Endangered Species Status for the Grotto Sculpin (Cottus specus) Throughout Its Range (18-page PDF Adobe PDF Icon)
April 30, 2012 Proposed Listing for Poweshiek Skipperling and Dakota Skipper and Designation of Critical Habitat (PDF) In Progress
August 20, 2009

Proposal to Delist the Lake Erie Watersnake (PDF)

Proposal to Designate Critical Habitat for the Tumbling Creek Cavesnail (PDF)

August 16, 2011 Federal Register Final Rule to Delist the Lake Erie Watersnake (23-page PDF)

June 28, 2011 Federal Register Final Rule: Designation of Critical Habitat for Tumbling Creek Cavesnail (15-page PDF)

July 17, 2009

12-month petition finding under the Endangered Species Act for the coaster brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis)

Sept. 2009 Coaster Brook Trout 12-Month Finding Decision Document (77-page PDF)
July 16, 2008

Proposal to list the Ozark hellbender

Proposal to list the rayed bean and snuffbox

Proposal to list the sheepnose and spectaclecase

October 6, 2011 Federal Register Final Rule to list the Ozark hellbender (23-page PDF)

February 14, 2012 Federal Register Final Rule to list the rayed bean and snuffbox (34-page PDF)

March 13, 2012 Federal Register Final Rule to list the sheepnose and spectaclecase (32-page PDF)

August 14, 2006 12-Month Petition Finding under the Endangered Species Act for the Cerulean Warbler (Dendroica cerulea) December 6, 2006 Federal Register Notice of Finding: 12-Month Finding on a Petition To List the Cerulean Warbler (Dendroica cerulea) as Threatened With Critical Habitat (17-page PDF)
December 16, 2005

Proposed Designation of the Western Great Lakes Population of Gray Wolves as a Distinct Population Segment and Proposed Delisting of that Distinct Population Segment

Feb. 2007 Federal Register Final Rule Removing the Western Great Lakes Distinct Population Segment of the Gray Wolf From the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife (53-page PDF)

March 28, 2006

Proposed designation of critical habitat for the Hine's emerald dragonfly

Sept. 5, 2007 Federal Register Final Rule: Designation of Critical Habitat for the Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly (52-page PDF)
March 28, 2006

Post-delisting monitoring plan for the bald eagle

March 2009 Final Bald Eagle Post-Delisting Monitoring Plan (76-page PDF; 1.8MB)
August 11, 2006

Post-Delisting Monitoring Plan for the Western Great Lakes Distinct Population Segment of Gray Wolves

Feb. 2008 Final Post-Delisting Monitoring Plan for the Western Great Lakes Distinct Population Segment of Gray Wolves (28-page PDF)

 

Last updated: January 27, 2014