The USFWS Southeast Region has a work plan for the fiscal year that ends September 30, 2013 to determine whether 29 fish, wildlife and plant species should be added to the Federal Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants.
The Region’s work plan is based on a national schedule and Regional priorities, using available resources. In 2011, FWS submitted a multi-year listing work plan to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia as part of a court settlement with conservation groups. Over a six-year period, FWS nationwide will determine whether 251 species require protection under the Endangered Species Act. Of those, 61 are found in the Southeast Region.