Peer Review of Scientific Information

Enhancing the Quality and Credibility of Information In order to ensure the quality and credibility of the scientific information we use to make regulatory decisions, the Fish and Wildlife Service has implemented a formal "peer review" process for influential scientific documents. While we have always consulted experts to ensure that our decisions are based on sound science, through this peer review process we follow the guidelines for Federal agencies spelled out in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) "Final Information Quality Bulletin for Peer Review," (PDF, 263 KB) released December 16, 2004.

Part of the peer review process is to provide information on the Web about how each peer review is to be conducted, as described in the checklist in the opposite column.

We have identified the following documents as meeting the OMB criteria of peer review for influential scientific information.

Click on a title to get more information about that document and the peer review process we have set up for it. This list will be updated as necessary. Persons seeking correction of information here should follow the guidance in Section V of:
https://www.fws.gov/informationquality/topics/InformationQualityGuidelinesrevised6_6_12.pdf


Peer Review of Region 8 Scientific Information:

We have identified the following documents as meeting the OMB criteria of peer review for influential scientific information. Click on a title to get more information about that document and the peer review process we have set up for it. This list will be updated as necessary.

FY 2018 Documents Peer Review Plans Status
Recovery Plan for Southern California DPS of Mountain Yellow-legged Frog Southern California DPS of Mountain Yellow-legged Frog Peer Review Plan

Final Plan: Completed
Comments: 1

La Graciosa thistle Species Status Assessment La Graciosa thistle Species Status Assessment Peer Review Plan

Final Plan: Completed
Comments: 1

Lost River Sucker and Shortnose Sucker Species Status Assessment Report Lost River Sucker-Shortnose Sucker Species Status Assessment Report Peer Review Plan

Final Plan: Completed
Comments: 1

Proposal to Establish California Condors population in Pacific Northwestt Proposal to Establish California Condors population Review Plan

Final Rule: In-progress
Comments:

Coastal Marten Species Status Assessment Coastal Marten Species Status Assessment Peer Review Plan

Final Plan: In-progress
Comments: 1

Joshua Tree Species Status Assessment Joshua Tree Species Status Assessment Peer Review Plan

Final Plan: In-progress
Comments:1

FY 2017 Documents Peer Review Plans Status
California Spotted Owl Conservation Objectives Report, California Spotted Owl Conservation Objectives Report, Peer Review Plan

Final Plan: In-progress
Comments: 1

Beach Layia Species Status Assessment Beach Layia Species Status Assessment Peer Review Plan

Final Plan: In-progress
Comments: 1

14 Nevada-Utah Springsnails Species
Status Assessment
14 Nevada-Utah Springsnails, Species Peer Review Plan

Final Plan: Completed
Comments: 1

Enhanced Delta Smelt Monitoring (EDSM) LOBO Biennial Science Review Biennial Science Review

Final Plan: Completed
Comments: 1

Mohave shoulderband snail, Species
Status Assessment
Mohave shoulderband snail, Species Peer Review Plan

Final Plan: Completed
Comments: 1

Panamint Alligator Lizard, Species Status Assessment Panamint Alligator Lizard, Species Peer Review Plan

Final Plan: In-progress
Comments: 1

Tricolored Blackbirdy, Species Status Assessment Tricolored Blackbird, Species Peer Review Plan

Final Plan: In-progress
Comments: 1

Hermes Copper Butterfly, Species
Status Assessment
Hermes Copper Butterfly, Species Review Plan

Final Plan: In-progress
Comments: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

San Joaquin Giant Flower-Loving Fly,
Species Status Assessment
San Joaquin Giant Flower-Loving Fly, Species Peer Review Plan

Final Plan: Completed
Comments: 1

California Waterfix Aquatic Science
California Waterfix Aquatic Science Peer Review Plan

Biological Opinion: Completed
Comments: 1

Hidden Lake Bluecurls Proposed Delisting Hidden Lake Bluecurls Peer Review Plan

Final Rule: Completed
Comments: 1, 2, 3

FY 2016 Documents Peer Review Plans Status
Central California Tiger Salamander
Central CTS Peer Review Reporting Plan

Final Plan: Completed
Comments: 1

Giant Garter Snake RP Giant Garter Snake RP  Peer Review Plan

Final Plan: Completed
Comments: 1

Island Foxes
Island Foxes Peer Review Plan

Final Rule: Completed
Comments: 1, 2, 3

Laguna Mountain Skipper Laguna Mountain skipper Peer Review Plan

Final Plan: In-progress
Comments: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

San Fernando Valley Spineflower
San Fernando Valley Spineflower Peer Review  Plan

Final Plan: Completed
Comments: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Santa Rosa Plain Santa Rosa Plain Peer Review Plan

Final Plan: Completed
Comments: 1, 2

FY 2015 Documents Peer Review Plans Status
Santa Ana sucker (Catostomus santaanae) Recovery Plan Peer Review Reporting Plan for the Draft Santa Ana sucker (Catostomus santaanae) Recovery Plan

Final Plan:Completed
Comments: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,

Baker's Larkspur Recovery Plan Baker's Larkspur Peer Review Plan

Final Plan: Completed
Comments: 1

Vine Hill Clarkia Recovery Plan Vine Hill Clarkia Peer Review Plan

Final Plan: Completed
Comments: 1

Santa Barbara, California Tiger Salamander Recovery Plan Santa Barbara, California Tiger Salamander Review Plan

Final Plan: Completed
Comments:1, 2 

FY 2014 Documents Peer Review Plans Status
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and
Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat
for Mount Charleston Blue Butterfly
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat
for Mount Charleston Blue Butterfly
Final Rule: Withdrawn
Comments: 1, 2, 3, 4
     
Proposed Downlisting of Arroyo Toad
(Anaxyrus californicus)
Proposed Downlisting of Arroyo Toad (Anaxyrus californicus) Final Rule:Withdrawn
Comments: 1, 2
     
Bi-State Sage Grouse Bi-Sate Sage Grouse Final Rule: Completed
Comments: 1, 2, 3, 4
     
West Coast DPS of Fisher West Coast Distinct Population Segment of Fisher Peer Review Plan Final Rule: Withdrawn
Comments:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27
     
Modoc Sucker Proposed Delisting Modoc Sucker Proposed Delisting Final Rule: Complete
Comments: 1, 2, 3