[Federal Register: March 13, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 48)]
[Page 11376]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Fish and Wildlife Service

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Final Conservation 
Strategy for the Grizzly Bear in the Greater Yellowstone Area

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.


SUMMARY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the 
availability of the Final Conservation Strategy for the Grizzly Bear in 
the Greater Yellowstone Area (Final Conservation Strategy). This 
document will guide management decisions for the Yellowstone grizzly 
bear population upon delisting.

ADDRESSES: You may obtain a copy of the Final Conservation Strategy by 
any of the following means:
    1. World Wide Web: http://mountain-prairie.fws.gov/species/mammals/grizzly/yellowstone.htm

    2. U.S. mail or in-person pickup: By appointment, during normal 
business hours at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, University Hall, Room 
309, University of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812. Call (406) 243-4903 to 
make arrangements.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Christopher Servheen, Grizzly Bear 
Recovery Coordinator (see ADDRESSES above), (406) 243-4903.



    Restoring an endangered or threatened animal or plant to the point 
where it is no longer in need of the protections under the Endangered 
Species Act is a primary goal of our endangered species program. 
Recovery plans help guide the recovery effort by describing actions 
considered necessary for the conservation of the species, establishing 
criteria for downlisting and delisting listed species, and estimating 
time and cost for implementing the measures needed for recovery 
measures. Under the provisions of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, 
as amended (Act) (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq., we approved the first Grizzly 
Bear Recovery Plan on January 29, 1982 (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
1982). In 1993, we approved a revision to the Grizzly Bear Recovery 
Plan (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 1993), which included additional 
tasks and new information that increased the focus and effectiveness of 
recovery efforts. Since the 1993 revision, we have approved three 
additional supplements to the Recovery Plan (U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service 1997, 1998, 2007).
    The Recovery Plan stated that a conservation strategy should be 
developed for each ecosystem before delisting. The purpose of the Final 
Conservation Strategy (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2007) is to serve 
as the regulatory mechanism guiding our management as we delist and 
establish the monitoring approach that will be taken for the 
Yellowstone grizzly bear population. The Final Conservation Strategy 
satisfies the requirements for post-delisting monitoring required by 
section 4(g) of the Act for species delisted due to recovery.
    Considering all of the comments received, we finalized the Final 
Conservation Strategy for the Grizzly Bear in the Greater Yellowstone 

References Cited

    For a complete list of all references cited herein, contact the 
Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator (see ADDRESSES above).


    The authority for this Notice is section 4(f) of the Endangered 
Species Act, 16 U.S.C. 1533(f).

    Dated: January 10, 2007.
James J. Slack,
Deputy Regional Director, Denver, Colorado.
 [FR Doc. E7-4566 Filed 3-12-07; 8:45 am]