Conserving the Nature of America
Press Release
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Review Status of 18 Pacific Region Species
Latest scientific and commercial information sought for update

May 7, 2018

Contact(s):

Sarah Levy, 503-231-6208 or sarah_levy@fws.gov



The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Pacific Region is initiating 5-year reviews of 18 species protected under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). The species are found in Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Canada.

To assist in its reviews, the Service is opening a 60-day public comment period for the submission of scientific and commercial information produced since the original listing of each of these species. Governmental agencies, tribes, interested parties, stakeholders, and members of the public are asked to submit information by July 6, 2018.

The species to be reviewed include the Kootenai River white sturgeon, Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit, Hawaiian hoary bat, Hawaiian stilt, three species of invertebrates, and 11 species of plants.  A list of the species, their current listing classifications, and more information is available at https://www.fws.gov/pacific/ecoservices/endangered/recovery/documents/Five_Year_Review_Spp_R1_2017B.pdf.

Status reviews of all listed species are required by the ESA at least once every five years to determine whether a species’ classification as threatened or endangered is still appropriate.  If the best scientific and commercial data produced since the time of listing are not consistent with the current classification of any species, the Service will recommend a change in the species’ federal classification.  A species could be recommended for reclassification from endangered to threatened (downlisting), from threatened to endangered (uplisting), or for removal from the federal list of threatened and endangered species (delisting).

Any recommended change in classification would be subject to a separate rule-making process that includes opportunities for public review and comment. If no change in classification is recommended, the species would remain under its current listing status.

 

Information that is considered in a status review includes:

  • Species biology, including but not limited to, population trends, distribution, abundance, demographics and genetics;
  • Habitat conditions including, but not limited to, amount, distribution and suitability;
  • Conservation measures that have been implemented that benefit the species;
  • Threat status and trends; and
  • Other new information, data or corrections including, but not limited to, taxonomic or nomenclatural changes, identification of erroneous information contained in the list, and improved analytical methods.

    For more information on the 5-year reviews and where to submit comments and information please see today’s Federal Register at www.federalregister.gov; or contact Gregory Koob, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office, 808–792–9400 (for species in Hawaii); Tracy Melbihess, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Idaho Fish and Wildlife Office, 208–378–5287  (for white sturgeon and Snake River physa snail); or Tom McDowell, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington Fish and Wildlife Office, 360–753–9440 (for Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit, Castilleja levisecta, Hackelia venusta, and Sidalcea oregana var. calva)).

    More information on each of the species can be found at www.fws.gov/endangered/species/index.html


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