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Fish and Wildlife Service Conducts Five-year Status Reviews of 10 Southeastern Species

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9, 2010

 

Contact:
Connie Dickard, Connie_Dickard@fws.gov, 601-321-1121
Denise Rowell, Denise_Rowell@fws.gov, 251-441-6630
Elsie Davis, Elsie_Davis@fws.gov, 404-679-7107

 

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to conduct five-year status reviews of seven endangered and three threatened species occurring in one or more of 10 states.

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 June 8, 2010.

This notice covers the following seven species federally listed as endangered: Mississippi sandhill crane, Alabama cavefish, Alabama lampmussel, pale lilliput, pondberry, green pitcher plant, and Louisiana quillwort. This notice also announces our active review of three species that are currently listed as threatened: gopher tortoise, yellow-blotched map turtle, and Mohr’s Barbara button.

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 http://www.fws.gov/policy/library/2010/2010-8103.html

Written comments and information on the Alabama lampmussel and pale lilliput may be e-mailed to jeff_powell@fws.gov, faxed to 251-441-6222, or sent via regular mail to Jeff Powell, Daphne Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1208-B Main St., Daphne, Alabama, 36526.

Written comments and information on the Alabama cavefish may be e-mailed to daniel_drennen@fws.gov, faxed to 601-965-4340, or sent via regular mail to Daniel Drennen, Jackson Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 6578 Dogwood View Parkway, Ste. A, Jackson, Mississippi, 39213.

Written comments and information on the gopher tortoise may be e-mailed to shauna_ginger@fws.gov, faxed to 601-965-4340, or sent via regular mail to Shauna Ginger, Jackson Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 6578 Dogwood View Parkway, Ste. A, Jackson, Mississippi, 39213.

Written comments and information on the Mississippi sandhill crane and yellow-blotched map turtle may be e-mailed to linda_laclaire@fws.gov, faxed to 601-965-4340, or sent via regular mail to Linda LaClaire, Jackson Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 6578 Dogwood View Parkway, Ste. A, Jackson, Mississippi, 39213.

Written comments and information on pondberry, green pitcher plant, Mohr’s Barbara button, and Louisiana quillwort may be e-mailed to cary_norquist@fws.gov, faxed to 601-965-4340, or sent via regular mail to Cary Norquist, Jackson Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 6578 Dogwood View Parkway, Ste. A, Jackson, Mississippi, 39213.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. Please visit the Service’s websites at http://www.fws.gov/ and http://www.fws.gov/southeast/.

 

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Last updated: April 12, 2010