Fish and Wildlife Service Conducts Five-year Status Review of 10 Plant Species in the Caribbean
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20, 2009
Lilibeth Serrano, 787-851-7297 ext. 239; Lilibeth_Serrano@fws.gov
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to conduct five-year status reviews of 10 threatened and endangered plants in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
A five-year review is conducted to ensure that a listing classification under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is 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 April 21, 2009.
This notice covers the following 10 listed plant species: Auerodendron pauciflorum (no common name), Gesneria pauciflora (no common name), Ilex sintensii (no common name), Leptocereus grantianus (no common name),Daphnopsis helleriana (no common name), Schoepfia arenaria (no common name), Ternstroemia subsessilis (no common name), palo colorado, palo de jazmin, and St. Thomas prickly ash.
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 10 federally listed species is available on-line at ttp://www.fws.gov/policy/library/E9-3604.html.
Written comments and information may be sent: via e-mail to Marelisa_Rivera@fws.gov, faxed to (787) 851-7440, or sent by regular mail to Marelisa Rivera, Caribbean Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 491, Boquerón, Puerto Rico 00622.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. Visit the Service’s websites at http://www.fws.gov or http://www.fws.gov/southeast/