Office of External Affairs
Mountain-Prairie Region

NEWS RELEASE

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Mountain-Prairie Region
134 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, Colorado 80228

December 16, 2009
Contacts:  Sarah Quamme, 505-248-6419
                     Tom Buckley, 505-248-6455

 

The Service Finds 67 Species May Warrant Endangered Species Act Protection, Further Study Planned

 

Species to be reviewed in Colorado and Kansas include 3 insects, 1 lichen, and 1 fish

Complete list at http://www.fws.gov/southwest/index.html.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today the results of a 90-day finding on 192 species from a petition to list 475 species, mostly found in the southwestern United States, as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.  For 125 of the 192 species, the Service found that the petition did not present substantial information indicating that listing may be warranted.  The Service did find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that listing may be warranted for 67 of the 192 species.

Species to reviewed in Colorado and Kansas:

Notodontid moth – CO; Sage sphinx – CO and KA; Colorado Tiger Beetle – CO; Lichen (no common name) – CO; Arkansas River Speckled Chub – CO and KA

On January 6, 2009, the Service published an initial 90-day finding and determined that 270 of the 475 species petitioned did not present substantial information to warrant listing, and dismissed 5 additional species because they were not eligible to be petitioned.   The Service had a stipulated settlement agreement to make 90-day findings on the remaining 200 species by December 9, 2009.

With the publication of this notice the Service is initiating a more thorough status review of the 67 species to determine if listing is warranted. The 67 species occur in 16 states and Mexico. To ensure that the review is comprehensive, the Service is soliciting information from state and federal natural resource agencies, Tribes and all interested parties regarding the 67 species and their habitat.   

To allow adequate time to conduct a status review, the Service requests that information be received on or before February 16, 2010.  After this date, you must submit information directly to the Southwest Regional Ecological Services Office.

 

Based on the status review, the Service will issue a 12-month finding on the petition, which will address whether the petitioned action is warranted, as provided in the Act. 

 

The finding was published in the Federal Register. To see the list of species, or to learn how to provide information, see the Federal Register notice at http://www.fws.gov/southwest/index.html.

 

For further information contact Nancy Gloman, Assistant Regional Director, Southwest Regional Ecological Services Office, 500 Gold Avenue SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102; telephone 505/248-6920; facsimile 505/248-6788.  If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), please call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.

 

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.

 

QUESTIONS and ANSWERS

 

Q - What action is the Service taking?

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced the results of a 90-day finding on 192 species from a petition to list 475 species, most found in the southwestern United States, as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.  For 129 of the 192 species, the Service found that the petition did not present substantial information indicating that listing may be warranted.  For 67 of the 192 species, the Service found that the petition does present substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that listing may be warranted. 

Q - Who petitioned the Service to add these species?

 

Forest Guardians, now WildEarth Guardians, petitioned the Service on June 18, 2007 requesting Endangered Species Act protection for 475 species that occur mostly in Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Of that 475, this finding addresses 192 species.  The other species petitioned were addressed in a 90-day finding dated January 6, 2009.

 

Q – What species were reviewed for this finding?

 

The complete list of the 192 species is in the Federal Register notice.  This can be found at the Service’s Southwest Regions web site: http://www.fws.gov/southwest/index.html.

 

Q – What species will get further review?

 

The complete list of the 67 species that will get further review is in the Federal Register notice.  This can be found at the Service’s Southwest Regions web site: http://www.fws.gov/southwest/index.html.

 

Q - What Information do you review for a 90-Day Finding?

 

Information included in a petition, information citied in a petition and information in our files. 

 

Q - What will happen next?

 

With the publication of this notice, the Service is initiating a status review of the 67 species to determine if listing is warranted.  To ensure that the review is comprehensive, the Service is opening a 60 day comment period beginning today, soliciting scientific and commercial information regarding these 67 species. All comments must be received by February 16, 2010.

 

Q - How can I comment?

 

Instructions on how to comment can be found in the Federal Register notice at the Southwest Region web site: http://www.fws.gov/southwest/index.html.