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Peer Review of Scientific Information:

Enhancing Quality and Credibility


In order to ensure the quality and credibility of the scientific information we use to make regulatory decisions, the Fish and Wildlife Service has implemented a formal “peer review” process for influential scientific documents.

While we have always consulted experts to ensure that our decisions are based on sound science, through this peer review process we follow the guidelines for Federal agencies spelled out in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) This link opens in a new window“ Final Information Quality Bulletin for Peer Review,” (PDF, 263 KB) released December 16, 2004.

Part of the peer review process is to provide information on the Web about how each peer review is to be conducted, as described in this checklist.

 

Peer Review Agenda by Year: 2014

Proposed Listings and Critical Habitat

Proposed Endangered Species Status

Florida bristle fern (Trichomanes punctatum ssp. floridanum)

 


Peer Review Agenda by Year: 2013

Proposed Listings and Critical Habitat

Proposed Critical Habitat Designation
Designation of Critical Habitat for the Northwest Atlantic Ocean Distinct Population Segment of the Loggerhead Sea Turtle:

     Notice of Availability draft economic Analysis Northwest Atlantic Ocean DPS of the Loggerhead Sea turtle;

      Peer Review Plan Northwest Atlantic Ocean DPS of the Loggerhead Sea turtle;

 

Proposed rules to list and designate critical habitat

Proposed listing of the Florida Leafwing and Bartram’s Scrub-Hairstreak Butterflies

Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat for the Florida Leafwing and Bartram’s Scrub-Hairstreak Butterflies

      Peer Review plan Florida Leafwing and Bartram’s Scrub-Hairstreak Butterflies

 

Proposed listing of:
Agave eggersiana and Gonocalyx concolor as endangered and Varronia rupicola as threatened including Designation of its Critical Habitat

 

Proposed rules to list:
Brickellia mosieri and Linum carteri var. carteri as endangered and to designate critical habitat.

 

Proposed Endangered Species Status for:
Physaria Globosa (Short’s bladderpod), Helianthus Verticillatus (whorled sunflower), and Leavenworthia Crassa (fleshyfruit gladecress), and Designation of Critical Habitat

 

Proposed Threatened Status for:
the Georgia rockcress (Arabis Georgiana)

 


Peer Review Agenda by Year: 2012

Proposed Listings and Critical Habitat

Proposed Listing and Designation of Critical Habitat for the Spring Pygmy Sunfish

 

Proposed rule to list the Florida bonneted bat (Eumops floridanus) as endangered

Proposed rule listing of two Cumberlandian mussel species and designation of their critical habitat

Cape Sable thoroughwort (Chromolaena frustrata), Florida semaphore cactus (Consolea corallicola) and Aboriginal prickly-apple (Harrisia aboriginum), and Designation of Critical Habitat for Chromolaena frustrata

 

Proposed Delistings

Magazine mountain shagreen - June 18, 2012

 


Peer Review Agenda by Year: 2011

Proposed Listings and Critical Habitat

Coqui llanero (Eleutherodactylus juanariveroi)

Five Southeastern Fishes

Cumberland darter (Etheostoma susanae)
rush darter (Etheostoma phytophilum)
yellowcheek darter (Etheostoma moorei)
chucky madtom (Noturus crypticus)
laurel dace (Chrosomus saylori)

 

Final Rules:

Mississippi Gopher Frog (Rana sevosa)

Miami blue butterfly (Cyclargus thomasi bethunebakeri)

Document also includes:
cassius blue butterfly (Leptotes cassius theonus)
ceraunus blue butterfly (Hemiargus ceraunus antibubastus)
nickerbean blue butterfly (Cyclargus ammon)

 

Recovery Plans

None

 

5-Year Reviews

See webpage

 

Proposed Listing Reclassifications

None

 


Peer Review Agenda by Year: 2010

Proposed Listings and Critical Habitat

Golden sedge (Carex lutea )

Vermilion darter (Etheostoma chermocki)

 

Recovery Plans

None

 

5-Year Reviews

See webpage

 

Proposed Listing Reclassifications

None

 

Injurious Wildlife Evaluation

Large Constrictor Snakes

Species included:
Indian or Burmese Python (Python molurus)
Reticulated Python (Broghammerus reticulatus or Python reticulatus)
Northern African Python (Python sebae)
Southern African Python (Python natalensis)
Boa Constrictor (Boa constrictor)
Yellow Anaconda (Eunectes notaeus)
DeSchauensee’s Anaconda (Eunectes deschauenseei)
Green Anaconda (Eunectes murinus)
Beni Anaconda (Eunectes beniensis)

 

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