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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 12, 2005

Contacts: Elsie Davis, 404/679-7107



The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced plans to conduct a five-year status review of the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and seven other threatened and endangered species in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

These five-year reviews are 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 November 14, 2005.

This notice covers eight species including the Puerto Rican parrot, Puerto Rican plain pigeon, red-cockaded woodpecker, Puerto Rican boa, Virgin Islands tree boa, guajón (frog), the plant Harrisia portoricensis or higo chumbo, and the plant Adiantum vivesii (no common name).

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 by e-mail for the red-cockaded woodpecker to ralph_costa@fws.gov, faxed to (864) 656-1350, or sent via regular mail to: Field Supervisor, Clemson Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2610 Lehotsky Hall, Box 341003, Clemson, SC 29634; by e-mail for the seven other species to carlos_diaz@fws.gov, faxed to (787) 851-7440, or sent via regular mail to: Field Supervisor, Caribbean Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 491, Boquerón, Puerto Rico 00622.

The Federal Register notice announcing the status review of these eight federally listed species is available on-line at http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-17978.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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