The recovery of listed species is the cornerstone and ultimate purpose of
the endangered species program and an underlying premise for all of the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s actions. It is the process by which
listed species and their ecosystems are restored and their future is safeguarded
to the point that protections under the Endangered Species Act are no longer
There are multiple steps and aspects to our recovery program that
we work with as we conserve and restore listed species:
•We develop recovery outlines and recovery plans for listed species
which are important tools toguide the recovery process and measure progress
• We work collaboratively with our partners to implement actions that are considered necessary to recover the species
and their habitats.
• We issue recovery permits to allow people to do research that furthers our understanding of listed
species for the purposes of assisting in recovery efforts and other conservation
related actions with listed species.
• We conduct periodic
status assessments, such as 5-year reviews, to
monitor the condition of species and their associated threats.
• We reclassify
and delist species as their status improves and stabilizes to the point
that recovery has been achieved.
• We monitor species
for a minimum of 5 years once they have been
delisted due to recovery
to ensure the lasting effectiveness of management actions and the continuing
stability of the species.
Links to other sites:
Some listed species in the Pacific Region have more detailed information available on dedicated websites; links to those sites are provided here: Pacific Region Species
Use this link to go to our National Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Program
Photos from top: western snowy plover (Dave Pitkin); Oregon silverspot butterfly (R. Bottorff); gray wolf (Gary Kramer)
October 15, 2012