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Caribbean Herb Agave Eggersiana a Federal Candidate Species for Listing Under Endangered Species Act


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 22, 2010

Contact:
Lilibeth Serrano, lilibeth_serrano@fws.gov, 787-505-4397

 

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Agave eggersiana, a Caribbean herb plant, is now considered a federal candidate for listing as a threatened or endangered species.The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service made the announcement today in the Federal Register. The perennial herb is native to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.   

Adding the species to the candidate list continues to allow the Fish and Wildlife Service and other organizations to work cooperatively with management issues.  This includes financial and technical assistance, and the ability to develop conservation agreements that provide regulatory assurances to landowners who take actions to benefit this plant.  People and organizations currently working with this species include the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, the National Park Service (NPS) in St. Croix, St. George Botanical Garden, the National Resources Conservation Service, the Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge, and private landowners.

The species is currently reproduced and distributed by the St. George Botanical Garden for conservation and private landscaping. NPS planted individuals at two locations, the Buck Island Reef National Monument and the Salt River Bay National Historic Park and Ecological Preserve.  NPS plans to conduct additional propagation efforts within the near future. The species is also found at the Lagoon Picnic Area, where 177 individuals were planted. 

“Voluntary conservation agreements, funding, habitat management, and various partnership incentives can play a key role in protecting and restoring this plant,” said Edwin Muñiz, Field Supervisor for the Service’s Caribbean Ecological Services Office.

Agave eggersiana is a robust, perennial herb that can grow about 21 feet tall. Its yellow flowers are large and funnel or tubular shaped.  The primary threats to this species’ survival are habitat destruction caused by residential development in St. Croix, and wild pigs and goats on NPS land.

 The Service will review the status of the species annually, as it does with all candidate species, and will propose the species for protection when funding and workload priorities for other listing actions allow. Should the status of Agave eggersiana sufficiently improve as a result of the efforts to be undertaken, the Service could determine that the protection of the Endangered Species Act is not needed. 

For more information about the Service’s finding on the plant Agave eggersiana,
 see http://www.fws.gov/caribbean/es/Agave_eggersiana.html

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Last updated: September 20, 2010