[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 130 (Tuesday, July 8, 2014)]
[Pages 38560-38562]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-15867]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R3-ES-2014-N093; FX3ES11130300000-145-FF03E00000]

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Initiation of 5-
Year Status Reviews of Nine Listed Animal and Two Listed Plant Species

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of initiation of reviews; request for information.


SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, are initiating 5-year 
status reviews under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended 
(Act), for nine animal and two plant species. A 5-year status 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 that has become available since the last review for the 

DATES: To ensure consideration, please send your written information by 
September 8, 2014. However, we will continue to accept new information 
about any listed species at any time.

ADDRESSES: For how to send comments or information for each species, 
see the table in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request information, contact the 
appropriate person in the table in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION 
section. Individuals who are hearing impaired or speech impaired may 
call the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 for TTY assistance.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We are initiating 5-year status reviews 
under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), for nine 
animal and two plant species: Gray bat (Myotis grisescens), Indiana bat 
(Myotis sodalis), Piping plover-Great Lakes breeding population 
(Charadrius melodus), Piping plover-Atlantic Coast and Northern Great 
Plains populations (Charadrius melodus), Scioto madtom (Noturus 
trautmani), Curtis' Pearlymussel (Epioblasma florentina curtisi), 
Purple cat's paw (Epioblasma (=dysnomia) obliquata obliquata), 
Scaleshell mussel (Leptodea leptodon), Higgins eye (Lampsilis 
higginsii), Pitcher's thistle (Cirsium pitcheri), and Lakeside daisy 
(Hymenoxys herbacea (=H. acaulis var. glabra)).

Why do we conduct 5-year reviews?

    Under the Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), we maintain Lists of 
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants (which we collectively 
refer to as the List) in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 50 
CFR 17.11 (for animals) and 17.12 (for plants). Section 4(c)(2)(A) of 
the Act requires us to review each listed species' status at least once 
every 5 years. Our regulations at 50 CFR 424.21 require that we publish 
a notice in the Federal Register announcing those species under active 
review. For additional information about 5-year reviews, go to http://www.fws.gov/endangered/what-we-do/recovery-overview.html, scroll down 
to ``Learn More about 5-Year Reviews,'' and click on our factsheet.

What information do we consider in our review?

    A 5-year review considers all new information available at the time 
of the review. In conducting these reviews, we consider the best 
scientific and commercial data that have become available since the 
listing determination or most recent status review, such as:
    (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 in relation to the five listing 
factors (as defined in section 4(a)(1) of the Act); 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 
    Any new information will be considered during the 5-year review and 
will also be useful in evaluating the ongoing recovery programs for the 

What species are under review?

    This notice announces our active 5-year status reviews of the 
species in the following table.

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                                                                                         Final listing rule
                                                       Listing                            (Federal Register      Contact person,      Contact person's
        Common name             Scientific name        status         Where listed          citation and          phone, email        U.S. mail address
                                                                                          publication date)
Gray bat...................  Myotis grisescens....  E...........  U.S.A. (AL, AR, FL,   41 FR 17736; April    Ms. Shauna            USFWS, 101 Park
                                                                   GA, IL, IN, KS, KY,   28, 1976.             Marquardt, shauna--   DeVille Drive,
                                                                   MO, OK, TN, VA, WV).                        marquardt@fws.gov;    Suite A; Columbia,
                                                                                                               573-234-2132, x174.   MO 65203.
Indiana bat................  Myotis sodalis.......  E...........  U.S.A. (AL, AR, CT,   32 FR 4001; March     Mr. Andrew King,      USFWS, 620 S. Walker
                                                                   GA, IL, IN, IA, KY,   11, 1967.             Indiana_bat@fws.go   Street Bloomington,
                                                                   MD, MI, MS, MO, NJ,                         v; 812-334-4261,      IN 47403.
                                                                   NY, NC, OH, OK, PA,                         x1216.
                                                                   TN, VT, VA, WV).
Piping plover (Great Lakes   Charadrius melodus...  E...........  U.S.A. (Great Lakes   50 FR 50726;          Michigan, Wisconsin,  USFWS, 2651 Coolidge
 breeding population).                                             watershed in IL,      December 11, 1985.    Minnesota,            Road, Suite 101;
                                                                   IN, MI, MN, MS, NY,                         Illinois, Indiana,    East Lansing, MI
                                                                   OH, PA, WI).                                Ohio, Pennsylvania,   48823.
                                                                                                               and Ontario: Mr.
                                                                                                               Vincent Cavalieri,
                                                                                                               vincent_cavalieri@fws.gov; 517-351-
Piping plover (Atlantic      Charadrius melodus...  T...........  Entire, except those  50 FR 50726;          Montana, North        USFWS, 3425 Miriam
 Coast and Northern Great                                          areas where listed    December 11, 1985.    Dakota, South         Avenue, Bismarck,
 Plains populations).                                              as endangered above.                        Dakota, Iowa,         ND 58501.
                                                                                                               Nebraska, Colorado,
                                                                                                               Kansas, Alberta,
                                                                                                               Saskatchewan, and
                                                                                                               Manitoba: Ms. Carol
                                                                                                               Aron, carol_aron@fws.gov; 701-
                                                                                                              North Carolina,       USFWS, P.O. Box
                                                                                                               South Carolina,       33726, Raleigh, NC
                                                                                                               Georgia, Bahamas,     27636-3726
                                                                                                               Cuba, Puerto Rico,
                                                                                                               and other Caribbean
                                                                                                               Islands: Ms.
                                                                                                               Melissa Bimbi,
                                                                                                               @fws.gov; 843-727-
                                                                                                              Texas and Mexico:     USFWS, Ecological
                                                                                                               Ms. Robyn Cobb,       Services Field
                                                                                                               robyn_cobb@fws.gov   Office, c/o TAMUCC,
                                                                                                               ; 361-994-9005.       6300 Ocean Drive--
                                                                                                                                     USFWS, Unit 5837;
                                                                                                                                     Corpus Christi, TX
                                                                                                              Maine, New            USFWS, 73 Weir Hill
                                                                                                               Hampshire,            Road, Sudbury, MA
                                                                                                               Massachusetts,        01776.
                                                                                                               Rhode Island,
                                                                                                               Connecticut, New
                                                                                                               York, New Jersey,
                                                                                                               Delaware, Maryland,
                                                                                                               Quebec, Nova
                                                                                                               Scotia, Prince
                                                                                                               Edward Island, New
                                                                                                               Brunswick, and St.
                                                                                                               Pierre and Miquelon
                                                                                                               (France), any area
                                                                                                               not listed above,
                                                                                                               and information
                                                                                                               pertinent to
                                                                                                               multiple regions:
                                                                                                               Ms. Anne Hecht,
                                                                                                               hecht@fws.gov; 978-
Scioto madtom..............  Noturus trautmani....  E...........  U.S.A. (OH).........  40 FR 44149;          Ms. Angela Boyer,     USFWS, 4625 Morse
                                                                                         September 25, 1975.   angela--boyer@fws.g   Road, Suite 104;
                                                                                                               ov; 614-416-8993,     Columbus, OH 43230.
Curtis' Pearlymussel*......  Epioblasma florentina  E...........  U.S.A. (AR, MO).....  41 FR 24064; June     Mr. Andy Roberts,     USFWS, 101 Park
                              curtisi.                                                   14, 1976.             andy--roberts@fws.g   DeVille Drive,
                                                                                                               ov; 573-234-2132,     Suite A; Columbia,
                                                                                                               x110.                 MO 65203.
Purple cat's paw...........  Epioblasma             E...........  U.S.A. (AL, IL, IN,   55 FR 28209; July     Ms. Angela Boyer,     USFWS, 4625 Morse
                              (=dysnomia)                          KY, OH, TN).          10, 1990.             Angela--Boyer@fws.g   Road, Suite 104;
                              obliquata obliquata).                                                            ov; 614-416-8993,     Columbus, OH 43230.
Scaleshell mussel*.........  Leptodea leptodon....  E...........  U.S.A. (AL, AR, IA,   66 FR 51322; October  Mr. Andy Roberts;     USFWS, 101 Park
                                                                   IL, IN, KY, MN, MO,   9, 2001.              andy--roberts@fws.g   DeVille Drive,
                                                                   OH, OK, SD, TN, WI).                        ov; 573-234-2132,     Suite A; Columbia,
                                                                                                               x110.                 MO 65203.
Higgins eye................  Lampsilis higginsii..  E...........  U.S.A. (IA, IL, MN,   41 FR 24064; June     Mr. Phil Delphey,     USFWS, 4101 E. 80th
                                                                   MO, NE, WI).          14, 1976.             phil--delphey@fws.g   Street,
                                                                                                               ov; 612-725-3548.     Bloomington, MN
Cirsium pitcher*...........  Pitcher's thistle*...  T...........  U.S.A. (IL, IN, MI,   53 FR 27137; July     Mr. Vincent           USFWS, 2651 Coolidge
                                                                   WI); Canada (Ont.).   18, 1988.             Cavalieri, vincent--  Road, Suite 101;
                                                                                                               cavalieri@fws.gov;    East Lansing, MI
                                                                                                               517-351-5467.         48823.

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Hymenoxys herbacea (=H.      Lakeside daisy.......  T...........  U.S.A. (IL, MI, OH);  53 FR 23742; June     Ms. Angela Boyer,     USFWS, 4625 Morse
 acaulis var. glabra).                                             Canada (Ont.).        23, 1988.             angela--boyer@fws.g   Road, Suite 104;
                                                                                                               ov; 614-416-8993,     Columbus, OH 43230.
* Species' 5-year review was previously initiated, but that review was never completed. We are reinitiating here to ensure that we have the most up-to-
  date information to complete the review.

Request for Information

    To ensure that a 5-year review is complete and based on the best 
available scientific and commercial information, we request new 
information from all sources. See ``What Information Do We Consider in 
Our Review?'' for specific criteria. If you submit information, please 
support it with documentation such as maps, bibliographic references, 
methods used to gather and analyze the data, and/or copies of any 
pertinent publications, reports, or letters by knowledgeable sources.

How do I ask questions or provide information?

    If you wish to provide information for any species listed above, 
please submit your comments and materials to the appropriate contact in 
the table above. You may also direct questions to those contacts. 
Individuals who are hearing impaired or speech impaired may call the 
Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 for TTY assistance.

Public Availability of Submissions

    Before including your address, phone number, email address, or 
other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be 
aware that your entire comment--including your personal identifying 
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can 
ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.
    Comments and materials received will be available for public 
inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the offices 
where the comments are submitted.


    We publish this notice under the authority of the Endangered 
Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

    Dated: June 30, 2014.
Lynn M. Lewis,
Assistant Regional Director, Ecological Services, Midwest Region.
[FR Doc. 2014-15867 Filed 7-7-14; 8:45 am]