recovery program includes:
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 needed. Multiple steps comprise our recovery program and serve to guide our work with partners to conserve and restore listed species:
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 implement and fund on-the-ground actions needed for listed species. We fund many of these actions through annual grants to the State of Hawai‘i, Territory of Guam, and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), under section 6 of the Endangered Species Act.
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 delisted, recovered species such as the Tinian Monarch (pdf file 257K) for a minimum of 5 years to ensure the lasting effectiveness of management actions and the continuing stability of the species.
Recovery of threatened and endangered species depends on a network of Federal, State, and private organizations, and individuals working in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Cooperative partnerships aren't just for government agencies and other large groups. Private landowners are essential to the conservation and recovery of many endangered plants and animals.
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