Service Announces Recovery Plan Revisions for 78 Species, Including 10 Mountain-Prairie Species
Revisions focused on ensuring quantifiable recovery goals for Endangered Species Act recovery plans
August 8, 2019
As part of an agency-wide effort to advance the recovery of our nation’s most imperiled species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has made publicly available draft revisions for 49 Endangered Species Act (ESA) recovery plans that provide a recovery roadmap for 78 federally protected species. Ten of these species are in the Mountain-Prairie region:
- Virgin River chub
- Barneby ridge-cress
- Clay phacelia
- Maguire primrose
- Autumn buttercup
- Shrubby reed-mustard
- Pawnee montane skipper
- Navajo sedge
- Dudley Bluffs bladderpod
- Dudley Bluffs twinpod
Recovery criteria are being revised to assemble, consider, and incorporate the best and most up-to-date information that has become available since the listing, or most recent status review, of these 78 species. This information includes: (1) the biology of the species, (2) habitat conditions, (3) conservation measures that have benefitted the species, (4) threat status and trends in relation to the five listing factors, and (5) other information, data, or corrections. These revisions benefit endangered and threatened species, partners, and the public by sharing the best available information about what is needed to achieve recovery.
The service is requesting submission of any information that enhances the necessary understanding of the: (1) species’ biology and threats; and the (2) recovery needs and related implementation issues or concerns. The Service’s success in preventing extinctions and recovering species is due to ESA-inspired partnerships with diverse stakeholders such as state, federal, and tribal wildlife agencies, industry, conservation groups and citizens.
Recovery plans are non-regulatory guidance documents that identify and prioritize recovery actions, set measurable recovery objectives, and include time and cost estimates. In total, the Service will revise up to 182 recovery plans covering some 305 species listed under the ESA.
For more information, including the full lists of the 78 species, see the two press releases below:
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