Conserving the Nature of America
Press Release
Draft Recovery Plan Revisions for 42 Endangered Species To Assist Service and Partners Measure Progress and Address Threats
Additions part of comprehensive effort to ensure all Endangered Species Act recovery plans contain quantifiable recovery goals

June 26, 2019

Contact(s):

Brian Hires, brian_hires@fws.gov, 703-358-2191



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 29 Endangered Species Act (ESA) recovery plans that provide a recovery roadmap for 42 federally protected species. This is the second batch of revised recovery plans, and is part of the Department of the Interior’s Agency Priority Performance Goals, which call for all ESA recovery plans to include quantitative criteria on what constitutes recovery by September 2019.

Recovery plans are non-regulatory guidance documents that identify, organize 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.

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. Each species for which recovery criteria are being revised in this effort has undergone or is currently undergoing a status review that considers the best scientific and commercial data that have become available since the species’ listing or most recent status review. 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.

As such, these revisions reflect scientific and informational updates, which have been gained from years of collaborative work with our partners. Revisions benefit endangered and threatened species, our partners, and the public by sharing the best available information about what is really needed to achieve recovery.

Under guidance established in 2010, partial revisions, such as amendments, allow the Service to update recovery plans with the latest science and information without having to revise the entire plan, which can be a time- and resource-intensive undertaking.

The document appears today in the Federal Register Reading Room here: https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection. There will be a 30-day comment period on the proposed revisions, ending on July 29, 2019.

We are requesting submission of any information that may help achieve (1) the necessary understanding of species’ biology, threats and recovery needs; (2) identification of implementation issues and concerns; and (3) facilitation of more effective implementation, associated with these draft revisions that update recovery criteria for these 42 species.

The plan revisions cover the following species:

Table 1. List of Animals in Batch 2

Common Name

Range

Recovery Plan

Hyperlink to Proposed Recovery Plan Amendment

Laysan finch

HI

Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Passerines Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/NWHI_Passerine_Draft_Recovery_Plan_Amendment_20181109.pdf

Nihoa finch

HI

Nihoa millerbird

HI

Guam rail

Guam

Native Forest Birds of Guam and Rota of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Guam_Rail_Draft_Recovery_Plan_Amendment_20181109.pdf

Mariana gray swiftlet

Guam, Northern Mariana Islands

Mariana Islands Population of the Vanikoro Swiftlet Aerodramus vanikorensis bartschi

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Mariana_Swiftlet_Draft_Recovery_Plan_Amendment_20181109.pdf

Rota bridled white-eye

Guam, Northern Mariana Islands

Recovery Plan for the Nosa Luta or Rota Bridled White-Eye (Zosterops rotensis)

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Rota_Bridled_White_Eye_Draft_Recovery_Plan_Amendment_20181109.pdf

Mariana common moorhen

Northern Mariana Islands

Recovery Plan for the Mariana Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus guami)

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Mariana_Common_Moorhen_Draft_Recovery_Plan_Amendment_20181109.pdf

Interrupted rocksnail

AL, GA

Recovery Plan for Georgia Pigtoe Mussel (Pleurobema hanleyianum) Interrupted rocksnail (Leptoxis foreman) and Rough hornsnail (Pleurocera foremani)

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Interrupted%20Rocksnail%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

San Bruno elfin

CA

Recovery Plan for the San Bruno Elfin and Mission Blue Butterflies

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/dAPG%20amendment%20Mission%20blue%20and%20San%20Bruno%20elfin%20butterflies.pdf

Mission blue butterfly

Valley elderberry longhorn beetle

CA

Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Draft%20Revised%20RP%20for%20Valley%20Elderberry%20Longhorn%20Beetle.pdf

Light-footed clapper rail

CA

Light-footed Clapper Rail Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/dAPG%20Amendment%20for%20LFRR.pdf

Delhi Sands flower-loving fly

CA

Recovery Plan for the Delhi Sands Flower-Loving Fly

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/dAPG%20Amendment%20for%20DSFF.pdf

St. Croix ground lizard

U.S. Virgin Islands

Recovery Plan for the St. Croix Ground Lizard, Ameiva polops

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/St%20Croix%20ground%20lizard_final%20Draft%20Amendment.pdf

 

Table 2. List of Plants in Batch 2

Common Name

Range

Recovery Plan

Hyperlink to Proposed Recovery Plan Amendment

American chaffseed

AL, FL, GA, LA, MA, NJ, NC, SC

American Chaffseed (Schwalbea americana) Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Recovery%20Plan%20Schwalbea%20americana_Amendment.pdf

Palo de ramon

Puerto Rico

Banara vanderbiltii Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Final%20Draft%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment%20_Bvanderbiltii.pdf

Vahl’s boxwood

Puerto Rico

Vahl’s Boxwood (Buxus vahlii) Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/draftRecovery%20Plan%20Amendment%20Buxus%20vahlii.pdf

Cordia bellonis (no common name)

Puerto Rico

Recovery Plan for Cordia bellonis

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/draft_Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment%20Cordia%20Bellonis.pdf

Elfin tree fern

Puerto Rico

 

Ilex cookii and Cyathea dryopteroides Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Final%20Draft_Amendment_Cyathea_Ilex%20cooki.pdf

Cook’s holly

Eugenia woodburyana (no common name)

Puerto Rico

Recovery Plan for Mitracarpus maxwelliae Mitracarpus polycladus and Eugenia woodburyana

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Mitracarpus%20and%20Eugenia%20woodburyana_Final%20draft%20Amendment.pdf

Mitracarpus maxwelliae (no common name)

Mitracarpus polycladus (no common name)

Beautiful Goetzea

Puerto Rico

Beautiful Goetzea Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Beautiful%20goetzea_FINAL%20draft%20recovery%20plan%20amendment.pdf

Higo chumbo

Puerto Rico

Recovery Plan for Higo Chumbo (Harrisia portoricensis)

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Harrisia_final%20Draft%20Amendment.pdf

Leptocereus grantianus (No common name)

Puerto Rico

Leptocereus grantianus Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Leptocereus%20Final%20draft%20Amendment.pdf

Erubia

Puerto Rico

Solanum drymophilum Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Erubia_Final%20draft%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

Bariaco

Puerto Rico

Bariaco (Trichilia triacantha) Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Trichilia%20triacantha_Final%20Draft%20Amendment.pdf

Calyptranthes thomasiana (no common name)

U.S. Virgin Islands

Recovery Plan for the Calyptranthes thomasiana

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/draft%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment%20C_thomasiana.pdf

San Mateo thornmint

CA

Recovery Plan for Serpentine Soil Species of the San Francisco Bay Area

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/dAPG%20amendment%20Seven%20Bay%20Area%20Serpentine%20Soil%20Plant%20Species.pdf

Tiburon mariposa lily

CA

Fountain thistle

CA

Presidio clarkia

CA

Pennell’s bird’s-beak

CA

San Mateo woolly sunflower

CA

Tiburon jewelflower

CA

Large-flowered fiddleneck

CA

Large-Flowered Fiddleneck (Amsinckia grandiflora) Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/dAPG%20amendment%20Large-flowered%20fiddleneck.pdf

Presidio manzanita

CA

Recovery Plan for Coastal Plants of the Northern San Francisco Peninsula

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/dAPG%20amendment%20Ravens%20Manzanita.pdf

Sonoma spineflower

CA

Recovery Plan for Seven Coastal Plants and the Myrtle’s Silverspot Butterfly

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/DAPG%20Amendment%20Sonoma%20spineflower.pdf

Pine Hill flannelbush

CA

Recovery Plan for Gabbro Soil Plants of the Central Sierra Nevada Foothills

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Draft%20APG%20amendment%20El%20Dorado%20bedstraw%20and%20Pine%20Hill%20flannelbush.pdf

El Dorado bedstraw

Steamboat buckwheat

NV

Steamboat Buckwheat Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/dAPG%20Amendment%20for%20EROVW.pdf

 

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