[Federal Register: July 19, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 137)]
[Page 41423-41424]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Initiation of a 5-
Year Review of Higgins Eye (Lampsilis higginsii), Hungerford's Crawling 
Water Beetle (Brychius hungerfordi), Missouri Bladderpod (Lesquerella 
Filiformis), and Running Buffalo Clover (Trifolium stoloniferum)

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of review.


SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 
5-year review of Higgins eye (Lampsilis higginsii), Hungerford's 
crawling water beetle (Brychius hungerfordi), Missouri bladderpod 
(Lesquerella filiformis), and Running buffalo clover (Trifolium 
stoloniferum) under section 4(c)(2)(A) of the Endangered Species Act of 
1973 (Act) (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). We request any information on the 
aforementioned species since their original listings in 1976 (41 FR 
24064), 1994 (59 FR 10584), 1987 (52 FR 682), and 1987 (52 FR 21480), 
respectively, that has a bearing on the classification of these species 
as threatened or endangered.
    A 5-year review is a periodic process conducted to ensure that the 
classification of a listed species is appropriate. A 5-year review is 
based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time 
of the review. Based on the results of these 5-year reviews, we will 
make a finding of whether these species are properly classified under 
section 4(c)(2)(B) of the Act.

DATES: To allow us adequate time to conduct these 5-year reviews, we 
must receive your information no later than September 19, 2005. If you 
do not respond to this request for information, but subsequently 
possess information on the status of any of these species, we are eager 
to receive new information regarding federally listed species at any 

ADDRESSES: Submit information to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 
Field Supervisor at the following:
    1. Higgins eye: Twin Cities Ecological Services Field Office, 4101 
East 80th Street, Bloomington, Minnesota 55425-1665.
    2. Hungerford's crawling water beetle: East Lansing Ecological 
Services Field Office, 2651 Coolidge Road, Suite 101, East Lansing, 
Michigan 48823-5202.
    3. Missouri bladderpod: Columbia Ecological Services Field Office, 
101 Park DeVille Drive, Suite A, Columbia, Missouri 65203-0057.
    4. Running buffalo clover: Reynoldsburg Ecological Services Field 
Office, 6950-H Americana Parkway, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068-4127.

    1. Higgins eye: Ms. Susan Oetker, Twin Cities Ecological Services 
Field Office (see ADDRESSES section); telephone (612) 725-3548, 
extension 219; facsimile (612) 725-3609.
    2. Hungerford's crawling water beetle: Ms. Carrie Tansy, East 
Lansing Ecological Services Field Office (see ADDRESSES section); 
telephone (517) 351-2555; facsimile (517) 351-1443.
    3. Missouri bladderpod: Dr. Paul McKenzie, Columbia Ecological 
Services Field Office (see ADDRESSES section); telephone (573) 234-
2132; facsimile (573) 234-2181.
    4. Running buffalo clover: Ms. Sarena Selbo, Reynoldsburg 
Ecological Services Field Office (see ADDRESSES section); telephone 
(614) 469-6923; facsimile (614) 269-6919.
    Individuals who are hearing impaired or speech impaired may call 
the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8337 for TTY assistance.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Act, the Service maintains a list 
of endangered and threatened wildlife and plant species (List) at 50 
CFR 17.11 and 17.12. Section 4(c)(2)(A) of the Act requires that we 
conduct a review of listed species at least once every five years. 
Section 4(c)(2)(B) requires that we determine: (1) Whether a species no 
longer meets the definition of threatened or endangered and should be 
removed from the List (delisted); (2) whether a species more properly 
meets the definition of threatened and should be reclassified from 
endangered to threatened; or (3) whether a species more properly meets 
the definition of endangered and should be reclassified from threatened 
to endangered. Using the best scientific and commercial data available, 
a species will be considered for delisting if the data substantiates 
that the species is neither endangered nor threatened for one or more 
of the following reasons: (1) The species is considered extinct; (2) 
the species is considered to be recovered; and/or (3) the original data 
available when the species was listed, or the interpretation of such 
data, were in error. Any change in Federal classification requires a 
separate rulemaking process. The regulations in 50 CFR 424.21 require 
that we publish a notice in the Federal Register announcing those 
species currently under active review. This notice announces our active 
review of the endangered Higgins eye, endangered Hungerford's crawling 
water beetle, threatened Missouri bladderpod, and endangered Running 
buffalo clover.

Public Solicitation of New Information

    To ensure that the 5-year reviews are complete and based on the 
best available scientific and commercial information, we are soliciting 
new information from the public, concerned governmental agencies, 
tribes, the scientific community, industry, environmental entities, and 
any other interested parties concerning the status of Higgins eye, 
Hungerford's crawling water beetle, Missouri bladderpod, and Running 
buffalo clover.
    A 5-year review considers the best scientific and commercial data 
and all new information that has become available since the listing 
determination or most recent status review. Requested information 
includes (A) species biology, including but not limited to, population 
trends, distribution, abundance, demographics, and genetics; (B) 
habitat conditions, including but not limited to, amount, distribution, 
and suitability; (C) conservation measures that have been implemented 
that benefit the species; (D) threat status and trends; and (E) other 
new information, data, or corrections, including but not limited to, 
taxonomic or nomenclature changes, identification of erroneous 
information contained in the List, and improved analytical methods.
    You may submit your comments and materials to the appropriate Field

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Supervisor (see ADDRESSES section). Our practice is to make comments, 
including names and home addresses of respondents, available for public 
review during regular business hours. Respondents may request that we 
withhold a respondent's identity, as allowable by law. If you wish us 
to withhold your name or address, you must state this request 
prominently at the beginning of your comment. We will not, however, 
consider anonymous comments. To the extent consistent with applicable 
law, we will make all submissions from organizations or businesses, and 
from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials 
of organizations or businesses, available for public inspection in 
their entirety. Information received in response to this notice and 
review will be available for public inspection, by appointment, during 
normal business hours (see ADDRESSES section).

    Authority: This document is published under the authority of the 
Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

    Dated: June 16, 2005.
Wendi Weber,
Assistant Regional Director, Ecological Services, Region 3.
[FR Doc. 05-14161 Filed 7-18-05; 8:45 am]