Conservation Science
Midwest Region

Peer Review of Scientific Information

Enhancing the Quality and Credibility of Information

In order to improve 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 this checklist.


Peer Review Agenda

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.

Posting Date

Document to be
Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Plan Status
02.21.2017 Kirtland's Snake Species Status Assessment Peer Review Plan for the Kirtland's Snake (Clonophis kirtlandii) SSA 1-page PDF In Progress
04.2016 Species Status Assessment for the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Peer Review Plan for Species Status Assessment for the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Completed: Final Species Status Assessment
04.2015 Species Status Assessment for the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake Peer Review Plan for Species Status Assessment for the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake Completed: Final Species Status Assessment
01.04.2014 4(d) Rule for the Northern Long-eared Bat (Myotis septentrionalis) Peer Review Plan for the Proposed 4(d) Rule for the Northern Long-eared Bat (Myotis septentrionalis) 2-page PDF Completed: Final Rule
06.27.2012 Listing Decision for the Northern Long-eared Bat (Myotis septentrionalis) Peer Review Plan for the Listing Decision for the Northern Long-eared Bat (Myotis septentrionalis) 2-page PDF Completed: Final Rule
04.30.2012

Proposed Listing for Grotto Sculpin and Designation of Critical Habitat

 

Peer Review Plan for Proposed Listing for Grotto Sculpin and Designation of Critical Habitat (PDF)

 

Completed: Final Listing Rule

Completed: Final Critical Habitat Rule

04.30.2012 Proposed Listing for Poweshiek Skipperling and Dakota Skipper and Designation of Critical Habitat Peer Review Plan for Proposed Listing for Poweshiek Skipperling and Dakota Skipper and Designation of Critical Habitat (PDF)

Completed: Final Listing Rule

Completed: Final Critical Habitat Rule

08.20.2009 Proposal to Delist the Lake Erie Watersnake

Peer Review Plan for Proposal to Delist the Lake Erie Watersnake (PDF)

Completed: Final Rule
08.20.2009 Proposal to Designate Critical Habitat for the Tumbling Creek Cavesnail

Peer Review Plan for Proposal to Designate Critical Habitat for the Tumbling Creek Cavesnail (PDF)

Completed: Final Rule
08.17.2009 12-month petition finding under the Endangered Species Act for the coaster brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis)

Peer Review Plan for 12-month petition finding under the Endangered Species Act for the coaster brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis)

Completed: 12-Month Finding
07.16.2008 Proposal to list the Ozark hellbender Peer Review Plan for Proposal to list the Ozark hellbender
Completed: Final Rule
07.16.2008 Proposal to list the rayed bean and snuffbox
Peer Review Plan for Proposal to list the rayed bean and snuffbox
Completed: Final Rule
07.16.2008 Proposal to list the sheepnose and spectaclecase Peer Review Plan for Proposal to list the sheepnose and spectaclecase Completed: Final Rule
08.14.2006 12-Month Petition Finding under the Endangered Species Act for the Cerulean Warbler (Dendroica cerulea) Peer Review Plan for 12-Month Petition Finding under the Endangered Species Act for the Cerulean Warbler (Dendroica cerulea) Completed: 12-Month Finding
08.11.2006 Post-Delisting Monitoring Plan for the Western Great Lakes Distinct Population Segment of Gray Wolves

Peer Review Plan for Post-Delisting Monitoring Plan for the Western Great Lakes Distinct Population Segment of Gray Wolves

Completed: Final Post-Delisting Monitoring Plan
03.28.2006 Copperbelly watersnake draft recovery plan

Peer Review Plan for Copperbelly watersnake draft recovery plan

Completed: Final Recovery Plan
03.28.2006 Indiana bat draft revised recovery plan

Peer Review Plan for Indiana bat draft revised recovery plan

Completed: Final Rule
03.28.2006 Proposed designation of critical habitat for the Hine's emerald dragonfly

Peer Review Plan for Proposed designation of critical habitat for the Hine's emerald dragonfly

Completed: Final Rule
03.28.2006 Post-delisting monitoring plan for the bald eagle

Peer Review Plan for Post-delisting monitoring plan for the bald eagle

Completed: Final Post-delisting monitoring plan
12.16.2005 Proposed Designation of the Western Great Lakes Population of Gray Wolves as a Distinct Population Segment and Proposed Delisting of that Distinct Population Segment

Peer Review Plan for Proposed Designation of the Western Great Lakes Population of Gray Wolves as a Distinct Population Segment and Proposed Delisting of that Distinct Population Segment

Completed: Final Rule

 

Last updated: April 11, 2017