Matt Baun, Arcata and Klamath Falls; 530-842-5763
Jeannie Stafford, Nevada; 775-861-6300
Al Donner, Sacramento; 916-414-6600
Lois Grunwald, Ventura; 805-644-1766
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today announced the completion of 5-year reviews for 22 species in California, Nevada, and southern Oregon. Of the reviews being announced today, the Service has recommended delisting the Indian Knob mountainbalm, a small tree of the California Central Coast. The Service has recommended no change in status for the 21 other species reviewed..
These 5-year reviews were undertaken as required by section 4(c)(2)(A) of the Endangered Species Act (Act). This list of completed reviews incorporates species that were noticed for review on March 22, 2006; February 14, 2007; and March 5, 2008. The 5-year review constitutes a recommendation by the Service. Any change in the listing status will require a separate rulemaking process.
More information about the species included in this announcement is found online: Point Arena mountain beaver [ www.fws.gov/arcata ]. Applegate’s milk-vetch [ www.fws.gov/klamathfallsfwo ]. Lahontan cutthroat trout and Steamboat buckwheat [ www.fws.gov/nevada ]. Delta green ground beetle, Hoover’s spurge, large-flowered fiddleneck, many-flowered navarretia, Myrtle’s silverspot butterfly, soft bird’s-beak, Solano grass, Suisun thistle [ www.fws.gov/sacramento ]. Amargosa vole, Braunton’s milk-vetch, coastal dunes milk-vetch, conejo dudleya, Fish Slough milk-vetch, Hickman’s potentilla, Indian Knob mountain-balm, Mohave tui chub, Monterey spineflower, Owens pupfish [ www.fws.gov/ventura ].
Recommended for downlisting is the Indian Knob mountain-balm (Eriodictyon altissimum).
No status change is recommended for Amargosa vole, Applegate’s milk-vetch, Braunton’s milk-vetch, coastal dunes milk-vetch, conejo dudleya, delta green ground beetle, Fish Slough milk-vetch, Hickman’s potentilla, Hoover’s spurge, Lahontan cutthroat trout, large-flowered fiddleneck, many-flowered navarretia, Mohave tui chub, Monterey spineflower, Myrtle’s silverspot butterfly, Point Areana mountain beaver, soft bird’s-beak, Solano grass, Steamboat buckwheat, Suisun thistle, and Owens pupfish.
Copies of the 5-year reviews can be found on the Internet at http://www.fws.gov/cno/es/five_year_review_lists.html .
Under the Act, the Service maintains a list of endangered and threatened wildlife and plant species at 50 CFR 17.11 (for animals) and 17.12 (for plants). The Act also requires that we conduct a review of listed species at least once every 5 years and on the basis of such reviews determine whether or not any species should be removed from the List (delisted), or reclassified from endangered to threatened (downlisted) or from threatened to endangered (uplisted). Any change in federal classification requires a separate rulemaking process distinct from the 5-year review.
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.
More information about the Fish and Wildlife Service operations in the Pacific Southwest Region (California, Nevada, and the Klamath Basin) is available at www.fws.gov/cno .