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Mountain-Prairie Region

News Release

Public Invited to Comment on Jones cycladenia Draft Recovery Plan

For Immediate Release

January 11, 2021


DENVER – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is announcing the availability of the Jones cycladenia Draft Recovery Plan and is inviting the public to review and comment on this plan no later than 60-days after publication in the Federal Register.

A plant with large, leafy leaves and small, pink flowers grows close to the ground like a shrub in a red-clay-soil desert landscape
Jones cycladenia (Cycladenia humilis var. jonesii), Credit: Daniela Roth, USFWS

The Jones cycladenia is a long-lived herbaceous perennial plant with pink flowers that bloom from mid-April to early June that is endemic to the Colorado Plateau region of Utah and Arizona. This plant grows on steep slopes between 4,000 and 6,660 feet of elevation that are easily degraded and difficult to rehabilitate following disturbance. This species was listed as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1986 due to threats from recreation, mining, and energy development.

The Service seeks to recover listed species by improving their status to the point where protections under the ESA are no longer necessary. A recovery plan is a non-regulatory document that serves as the roadmap to recovering listed species and includes objective, measurable criteria and site-specific management actions essential to recovery.

A biological report prepared by the Service indicates primary threats currently facing the Jones cycladenia include energy and mineral development, and inadequate regulatory mechanisms for conservation. The Draft Recovery Plan for the Jones cycladenia includes the following recovery criteria: maintaining stable or increasing population growth, viable seed production over a 10-year period, maintaining a base range-wide population, addressing habitat loss and degradation through regulatory mechanisms.

The Jones cycladenia Draft Recovery plan is available for review on ECOS. The Notice of Availability for this action will be published tomorrow in the Federal Register and is available for public inspection today in the Reading Room.

The public may submit comments in writing by e-mail: utahfieldoffice_esa@fws.gov or U.S. Mail: Field Supervisor, Utah Ecological Services Field Office; 2369 Orton Circle, Suite 50; West Valley City, Utah 84119 within 60 days of publication in the Federal Register.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen in the West, visit our website, or connect with us through any of these social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, and Instagram.

– FWS –

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Office of External Affairs

Mountain-Prairie Region

134 Union Blvd

Lakewood, CO 80228

303-236-7905

303-236-3815 FAX

www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/



Contacts

Joe Szuszwalak
(303) 236-4336
joseph_szuszwalak@fws.gov



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The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with Others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American People.
Last modified: January 11, 2021
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