Conserving the Nature of America
Bulletin
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Review Status of 138 Pacific Region Species
Latest scientific and commercial information sought for update

April 20, 2017

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 138 species protected under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). The species are found in Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, and California.

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. The public, government agencies, tribes, industry and the scientific and conservation communities are asked to submit information by June 19, 2017.

The species to be reviewed include the marbled murrelet, two species of Hawaiian birds, 51 species of invertebrates, and 84 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/pdf/Five_Year_Review_Spp_R1_2017.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. You can also contact Gregory Koob, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office, 808–792–9400 (for species in Hawaii); Deanna Lynch, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington Fish and Wildlife Office, 360–753–9440 (for marbled murrelet); or Michele Zwartjes, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office, 503–231–6179 (for Oregon silverspot butterfly, Malheur wire-lettuce, large-flowered woolly meadowfoam, and Cook’s lomatium).

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

 

 


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. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws.gov/. Connect with our Facebook page, follow our tweets, watch our YouTube Channel and download photos from our Flickr page.