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Fish and Wildlife Service Conducts Five-year Status Review of 13 Southeastern Species

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 26, 2005

Contacts: Tom MacKenzie, (404) 679-7291

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced plans to conduct a five-year status review of 13 threatened and endangered species in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, and South Carolina.

This five-year review is conducted to ensure that listing classifications under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) are accurate. Any interested party is invited to provide information and comments pertaining to these species. Written comments and information related to this five-year review must be received by September 26, 2005.

This notice covers 13 species including a bird, Bachman’s warbler; a fish, Conasauga logperch; two mussel species, Cumberland bean and speckled pocketbook; and nine plant species, little amphianthus, hairy rattleweed, Geocarpon minimum (no common name), black-spored quillwort, mat-forming quillwort, white-haired goldenrod, Short’s goldenrod, persistent trillium, and relict trillium.

Specifically, this review seeks information on: (1) species biology, including population trends, distribution, abundance, demographics, and genetics; (2) habitat conditions, including amount, distribution, and suitability; (3) conservation measures that have been implemented; (4) threat status and trends; and (5) other new information, data, or corrections, including taxonomic or nomenclatural changes, identification of erroneous information contained in the ESA list, and improved analytical methods. Comments and materials received will be available for public inspection by appointment.

In addition to reviewing the classification of these species, a five-year review presents an opportunity to track the species’ recovery progress. It may benefit species by providing valuable information to guide future conservation efforts. Information gathered during a review can assist in making funding decisions, conducting interagency consultations, making permitting decisions, and determining whether to update recovery plans, and other actions under the ESA.

Written comments and information may be sent: via email for the Bachman’s warbler to ed_eudaly@fws.gov, faxed to (843) 727-4218, or sent via regular mail to Field Supervisor, Charleston Field Office, USFWS, 176 Croghan Spur Road, Suite 200, Charleston, South Carolina 29407; via email for the speckled pocketbook and Geocarpon minimum to chris_davidson@fws.gov, faxed to (501) 513-4480, or sent via regular mail to Field Supervisor, Arkansas Field Office, USFWS, 1500 Museum Road, Suite 105, Conway, Arkansas 72032; via email for the Cumberland bean, white-haired goldenrod, and Short’s goldenrod to mike_floyd@fws.gov, faxed to (502) 695-1024, or sent via regular mail to Field Supervisor, Kentucky Field Office, 3761 Georgetown Road, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601; via email for the hairy rattleweed to keren_giovengo@fws.gov, faxed to (912) 265-1061, or sent via regular mail to Assistant Field Supervisor, Coastal Georgia Field Office, USFWS, 4270 Norwich Street, Brunswick, Georgia 31520; and for the remaining 7 species to james_rickard@fws.gov, faxed to (706) 613-6059 or sent via regular mail to Field Supervisor, Athens Field Office, USFWS, West Park Center, 105 West Park Drive, Suite D, Athens, Georgia 30606.

The Federal Register notice announcing this status review of 13 federally listed species is available on-line at http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-14713.htm

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 545 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resources offices and 81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign and Native American tribal governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.


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