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Fish and Wildlife Service Conducts Five-year Status Reviews of 14 Southeastern Species

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 8, 2006


Contacts:
Tom MacKenzie, 404/679-7291


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces plans to conduct five-year status reviews of the endangered Alabama beach mouse and 13 other endangered and threatened species.

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 these five-year reviews must be received on or before November 7, 2006.

This notice covers fourteen species including the federally listed, endangered Alabama beach mouse, southern combshell (mussel), black clubshell (mussel), flat pigtoe (mussel), heavy pigtoe (mussel), and stirrupshell (mussel). This notice also includes the federally listed, threatened eastern indigo snake, Red Hills salamander, Ozark cavefish, bayou darter, Arkansas fatmucket (mussel), Louisiana pearlshell (mussel), Kral's water-plantain (plant), and Alabama streak-sorus fern (plant).

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.

The Federal Register notice announcing the status review of these fourteen federally listed species is available on-line at http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20061800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2006/E6-14866.htm

Written comments and information submitted on the Alabama beach mouse may be e-mailed to robert_tawes@fws.gov, faxed to 251-441-6222, or sent via regular mail to the Field Supervisor, Daphne Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1208-B Main Street, Daphne, Alabama 36526.

Information submitted on the eastern indigo snake, Red Hills salamander, bayou darter, southern combshell, black clubshell, flat pigtoe, heavy pigtoe, stirrupshell, Kral's water plaintain, and Alabama streak-sorus fern, may be e-mailed to cary_norquist@fws.gov, faxed to 601/965 4340, or sent via regular mail to the Field Supervisor, Jackson Field Office, 6578 Dogwood View Parkway, Suite A, Jackson, Mississippi 39213.

Information submitted on the Ozark cavefish and the Arkansas fatmucket may be e-mailed to chris_davidson@fws.gov, faxed to 501/513-4480, or sent via regular mail to the Acting Field Supervisor, Conway Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 110 South Amity Road, Suite 300, Conway, Arkansas 72032.

Information submitted on the Louisiana pearlshell may be e-mailed to deborah_fuller@ fws.gov, faxed at 337/291-3139, or sent via regular mail to the Field Supervisor, Lafayette Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 646 Cajundome Boulevard, Suite 400, Lafayette, Louisiana 70506.

Information received in response to this notice of review will be available for public inspection by appointment, during normal business hours, at the same addresses.

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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