News Release

February 21, 2013

Service Reopens Comment Period for Hyacinth, Military and Great Green Macaws Under the Endangered Species Act

Media Contacts:
Vanessa Kauffman 703-358-2138

On July 6, 2012, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) published in the Federal Register proposals to protect as endangered the hyacinth macaw, great green macaw and military macaw under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). These proposals each had a 60-day comment period, ending September 4, 2012.

To allow the public adequate time to provide additional comments on these proposed rules and to submit information on the status of the species, the Service is reopening the comment period for an additional 60 days. Information already submitted will be fully considered and does not need to be resubmitted.

Following an analysis of the comments and any new information that may become available during this comment period, the Service will move forward as appropriate with the development of and publication of the status review of this species.

Written comments and information concerning each proposed listing for these species can be submitted by one of the following methods to the appropriate Federal Register docket numbers:

The Service intends that any final action resulting from these proposed rules will be based on the best scientific and commercial data available and be as accurate and as effective as possible. Comments and materials, as well as supporting documentation used in preparing the proposed rules, will be available for public inspection at http://www.regulations.gov under the above dockets numbers. In addition, details on the kinds of information the Service is seeking is available in each proposed rule.

The notice will publish today in the Federal Register on February 21, 2013. Comments on each proposed rule must be received within 60 days, on or before April 22, 2013. The Service will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means the agency will post any personal information provided through the process. The Service is not able to accept email or faxes.

The Federal Register publication of this notice is also available online at http://www.fws.gov/policy/frsystem/default.cfm by clicking on the 2013 Proposed Rules under Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants.

Addition of a foreign species to the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife places restrictions on the importation of either the animal or its parts. Listing can also generate conservation benefits, such as increasing awareness of the species, prompting research efforts to address their conservation needs, or funding conservation in range countries.

The Endangered Species Act provides a critical safety net for fish, wildlife and plants and to date has prevented the extinction of hundreds of imperiled species, as well as promoting the recovery of many others. The Service is actively engaged with conservation partners and the public in the search for improved and innovative ways to conserve and recover imperiled species. To learn more about the Endangered Species program’s Branch of Foreign Species, visit: http://www.fws.gov/endangered/what-we-do/international-activities.html.