[Federal Register: December 14, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 239)]
[Page 74030-74031]
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Fish And Wildlife Service

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Initiation of a 5-
Year Review of Greenback Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarki stomias)

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announces a 5-
year review of greenback cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki stomias) 
under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA). A 5-year review is a 
periodic process conducted to ensure that the listing classification of 
a species is accurate. A 5-year review is based on the best scientific 
and commercial data available at the time of the review; therefore, we 
are requesting submission of any such information on greenback 
cutthroat trout that has become available since its reclassification as 
a threatened species in 1978. Based on the results of this 5-year 
review, we will make the requisite finding under the ESA.

DATES: To allow us adequate time to conduct this review, we must 
receive your information no later than February 13, 2006. However, we 
will continue to accept new information about any listed species at any 

ADDRESSES: Submit information to Susan Linner, Field Supervisor, 
Colorado Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 755 Parfet 
Street, Suite 361, Lakewood, Colorado 80215. Information received in 
response to this notice and review, as well as other documentation in 
our files, will be available for public inspection, by appointment, 
during normal business hours, at the above address.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan Linner, Field Supervisor, at the 
above address, or at 303-275-2370.

    Under the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), the Service maintains a 
list of endangered and threatened wildlife and plant species at 50 CFR 
17.11 (for animals) and 17.12 (for plants). Section 4(c)(2)(A) of the 
ESA requires that we conduct a review of listed species at least once 
every 5 years. Based on such reviews, under section 4(c)(2)(B), we then 
determine whether or not any species should be removed from the List 
(delisted), or reclassified from endangered to threatened or from 
threatened to endangered. Delisting a species must be supported by the 
best scientific and commercial data available and is only considered if 
these data substantiate 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 would require 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 greenback 
cutthroat trout currently listed as threatened. We request submission 
of any new information on the greenback cutthroat trout that has become 
available since since its reclassification as a threatened species in 
1978 (43 FR 16343, April 18, 1978).

Public Solicitation of New Information

    To ensure that the 5-year review is 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,

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environmental entities, and any other interested parties concerning the 
status of the greenback cutthroat trout.
    The 5-year review considers the best scientific and commercial data 
and all new information that has become available since the listing 
determination. Categories of requested information include--(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 
nomenclatural changes, identification of erroneous information 
contained in the List, and improved analytical methods.
    If you wish to provide information for this 5-year review, you may 
submit your comments and materials to the Colorado Field Office 
Supervisor (see ADDRESSES). 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. However, we will not 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. Comments and materials received will be available for public 
inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours (see 

    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: November 16, 2005.
Richard A. Coleman,
Regional Director, Denver, Colorado.
 [FR Doc. E5-7283 Filed 12-13-05; 8:45 am]