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This page provides the latest scoop on the work of Idaho Fish and Wildlife Office staff to conserve the fish, wildlife and plants of the Gem State.

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  • Public Comment on the Slickspot peppergrass


    Whitebark pine trees have been declining drastically during the last few decades, primarily due to an exotic fungal disease called white pine blister rust. On December 1, 2020, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed listing whitebark pine as a threatened species to aid conservation and recovery of this important tree in the American West. Healthy whitebark pine plays a key role in slowing runoff from snowmelt, reducing soil erosion, and providing high-energy seeds to birds and mammals, such as the Clark’s nutcracker.

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  • Public Comment on the Slickspot peppergrass


    Today the Service announced another step forward in the conservation of the rare Idaho plant- slickspot peppergrass and we want to hear from you! Visit the link below to learn about this plant and our revised proposal to designate critical habitat. Starting today, the comment period will be open for 60 days

    To comment, visit In the search box, enter docket number FWS–R1–ES–2010–0071, and then click on the “Comment Now!” button.

  • Service Evaluating Federal Protection for Whitebark Pine

    Whitebark pine / Richard Sniezko

    The Service is starting an in-depth review of the best available scientific and commercial information called concerning whitebark pine. 

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  • Service to Consider Northern Rocky Mountain Fisher Population for ESA Protection


    The Service announced the initiation of a status review for the distinct population segment of Northern Rocky Mountain Fisher, to determine whether this population meets the definition of an endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

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  • Court Ruling Reopens Comment Period on North American Wolverine Proposed Listing Rule

    Wolverine / Copyright: Roy Anderson

    The Service is reopening the public comment period on a proposed rule to list the North American wolverine as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

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  • Endangered Species Act Listing of Rare Native Idaho Plant Remains Warranted

    Slickspot peppergrass with an ant / Copyright: Ian Robertson

    The Service has reaffirmed the listing and threatened status of a plant native to the sagebrush-steppe ecosystem of Idaho. The Service determined slickspot peppergrass (Lepidium papilliferum) remains warranted for listing as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

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