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.


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 2017 Documents - Federal Register Peer Review Plans Status
California Waterfix Aquatic Science
California Waterfix Aquatic Science Reporting Plan

Final Plan: In-progress
Comments:

Hidden Lake Bluecurls Proposed Delisting Hidden Lake Bluecurls Reporting Plan

Final Plan: In-progress
Comments:

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

Final Plan: In-progress
Comments: 1

Giant Garter Snake RP Giant Garter Snake RP  Reporting Plan

Final Plan: In-progress
Comments: 1

Island Foxes
Island Foxes Reporting Plan

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

Laguna Mountain Skipper Laguna Mountain skipper Reporting Plan

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

San Fernando Valley Spineflower
San Fernando Valley Spineflower Reporting Plan

Final Plan: In-progress
Comments: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Santa Rosa Plain Santa Rosa Plain Reporting Plan

Final Plan: In-progress
Comments: 1, 2

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

Final Plan: In-progress
Comments: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,

     
FY 2014 Documents- Federal Register 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: Complete
Comments: 1, 2, 3, 4
     
West Coast DPS of Fisher Peer Review Plan for the West Coast Distinct Population Segment of Fisher Proposed Rule

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
     
FY 2013 Documents - Federal Register Peer Review Plans Status
Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle 12-Month Finding/Proposed Delisting Rule Reporting Checklist for VELB Final Rule: Withdrawn
Comments: 1

     
12-Month Finding and Proposed Delisting of
the Island Night Lizard (Xantusia riversiana)
Proposal to Remove the Island Night Lizard From the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife Final Rule: Complete
     
Proposed Listing of 3 Sierra Amphibians Proposal for Listing 3 Sierra Amphians Final Rule: Complete
     
Proposed Critical Habitat for 3 Sierra Amphibians Proposed Critical Habitat for 3 Sierra Amphibians Final Rule:Complete
12-Month Finding, Proposed Threatened Species Status, and Proposed Critical Habitat for Ivesia webberi 12-Month Finding, Proposed Listing, and Proposed Critical Habitat for Ivesia webberi Final Rule: Complete
     
FY 2012 l Documents - Federal Register Peer Review Plans Status
Munz's Onion and San Jacinto Valley Crownscale Revised Critical Habitat Munz's Onion and San Jacinto Valley Crownscale Revised Critical Habitat Final Rule: Completed
     
Proposed Critical Habitat for Lost River and Shortnose Sucker Proposed Critical Habitat for Lost River and Shortnose Sucker Final Rule: Completed
     
Draft Recovery Plan Revision for Lost River Sucker and Shotnosed Sucker Draft Recovery Plan Revision for Lost River Sucker and Shotnosed Sucker Final Rule: Completed
     
San Clemente Island Plants 12-Month Finding San Clemente Island Plants 12-Month Finding Final Rule: Completed
     
Island Fox Recovery Plan Island Fox Recovery Plan Final Plan: In-progress
Comments: 1, 2