U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) determines whether to
add a species to the Federal lists of endangered and threatened
and wildlife plants through our listing program. The first step in the listing process is
to assess the status of a species. We publish "notices of review"
that identify U.S. species that we believe meet the definition
of endangered or threatened (we refer to these as candidate species).
Through our notices of review, we seek biological information
that will complete the status reviews for these candidate species. 2012
Candidate Notice of Review.
candidate species meet our listing criteria, the Service is often
precluded from formally listing a species due to other higher
priority activities. Candidate species do not receive protection
under the Endangered Species Act but the Service works with Federal
and non-Federal partners to conserve these species. Candidate
conservation agreements are often initiated for these species
with the goal of eliminating the current threats and ultimately
preventing the need for listing. More
information on candidate conservation.
Leedy's roseroot (Rhodiola integrifolia
ssp. leedyi (=Sedum integrifolium
a species is chosen for listing, we or the NOAA Fisheries publish a proposed rule in
the Federal Register. Comments may be provided during the
specified comment period and one of three courses of action
is taken: (1) a final listing rule is published; (2) the
proposal is withdrawn because the biological information
does not support the listing; or (3) the proposal is extended
for 6 months because of substantial disagreement concerning
the biological appropriateness of the listing.
Habitat - The Service also designates critical
habitat for many listed species through our listing program.
Habitat within New York State - Within New York State, the Service has designated
critical habitat for the Great
Lakes population of piping plovers.
List of Threatened, Endangered, Proposed, and Candidate Species in New York (pdf)
more information on the Service's Endangered Species Program,
go to http://endangered.fws.gov