Conserving the Nature of America
Press Release
Recovery Criteria Amended for 42 Endangered Species, To Assist Service and Partners Measure Progress and Address Threats
Additions are the first in comprehensive effort to ensure all Endangered Species Act recovery plans contain quantifiable recovery goals

January 30, 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 updated 26 Endangered Species Act (ESA) recovery plans that cover 42 species. The amendments are part of an agency-wide effort to add quantitative, measurable criteria for successful recovery of federally listed species.

Recovery plans are non-regulatory guidance documents that identify, organize and prioritize recovery actions, set measurable recovery objectives, and include time and cost estimates. As part of the Department of the Interior’s Agency Priority Performance Goals, up to 182 recovery plans covering some 305 species will be amended in the next 12 months to include quantitative recovery criteria.

The recovery plan amendments reflect the work of many longstanding partnerships across the country to improve the science, understanding and conservation of listed species. Amendments include additional science and information on species’ biology, habitat, distribution, analyses of threats, responses to management actions, and additional requirements for achieving recovery. Each species for which recovery criteria are being revised in this effort has undergone or is currently undergoing a five-year status review based on the best available scientific information.

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.

There will be a 60-day comment period on the proposed amendments, ending on April 1, 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 amendments that revise recovery criteria for these 42 species.

The plan amendments cover the following species:

Animals

Common Name

Range

Recovery Plan

Hyperlink to Proposed Recovery Plan Amendment

Oahu tree snails

HI

Recovery Plan for the Oahu Tree Snails of the Genus Achatinella

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Achatinella_Draft%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment_20180801.pdf

Hawaiian petrel

HI

Hawaiian Dark-rumped Petrel and Newell's Manx Shearwater Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/HAPE_Draft_Recovery_Plan_Amendment_20180806.pdf

Newell’s Townsend’s shearwater

HI

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/NESH_Draft_Recovery_Plan_Amendment_20180806.pdf

Rabbit, Columbia Basin Pygmy

WA

Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis)

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Pygmy%20Rabbit%20Draft%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment%2020180731.pdf

Coffin Cave mold beetle

TX

Endangered Karst Invertebrates (Travis and Williamson Counties, Texas) Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Draft%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment_Travis-Williamson-Karst-Inverts_clean.pdf

Tooth Cave spider

TX

Tooth Cave ground beetle

TX

Tooth Cave pseudoscorpion

TX

Kretschmarr Cave mold beetle

TX

Bee Creek Cave harvestman

TX

Bone Cave harvestman

TX

Socorro isopod

NM

Soccoro Isopod Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Draft%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment_Socorro%20Isopod_clean.pdf

 

Table 2. List of Plants in Batch 1 of Amended Recovery Plans

Common Name

Range

Recovery Plan

Hyperlink to Proposed Recovery Plan Amendment

Silversword, Mauna Loa (=Ka'u)

HI

Recovery Plan for the Ka`u Silversword (Argyroxiphium kauense)

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/ARGKAU_Draft%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment_20180801.pdf

`Ahinahina

HI

Recovery Plan for the Mauna Kea Silversword (Argyroxiphium sandwicense ssp. sandwicense)

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/ARGSANSAN_Draft%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment_20180801.pdf

Koki`o

HI

Recovery Plan for Caesalpinia kavaiensis and Kokia drynarioides

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/KOKDRY_Draft%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment_20180801.pdf

Uhi uhi

HI

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/MEZKAV_Draft%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment_20180801.pdf

Aupaka

HI

Recovery Plan for Lipochaeta venosa and Isodendrion hosakae

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/ISOHOS_Draft%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment_20180801.pdf

Lipochaeta venosa (No common name)

HI

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/LIPVEN_Draft%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment_20180801.pdf

Hawaiian vetch

HI

Vicia menziesii Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/VICMEN_Draft%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment_20180801.pdf

Showy stickseed

WA

Recovery Plan for Hackelia venusta (Showy Stickseed)

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Hackelia_venusta_Draft_Recovery_Plan_Amendment_20180806.pdf

Coastal dunes milk-vetch

CA

Recovery Plan for Five Plants from Monterey County, California

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Draft%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment%20MClover%20CDMVetch%20YAPP%20HickPot.pdf

Yadon’s piperia

CA

Hickman’s potentilla

CA

Monterey clover

CA

Marsh sandwort

CA, WA

Recovery Plan for Marsh Sandwort (Arenaria paludicola) and Gambel's Watercress (Rorippa gambelii)

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

Gambel’s watercress

CA

Chorro Creek bog thistle

CA

Recovery Plan for the Morro Shoulderband Snail and Four Plants from San Luis Obispo County, California

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Draft%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment%20IKMB%20CCBT%20PismoClarkia.pdf

Pismo clarkia

CA

Indian Knob mountainbalm

CA

Scotts Valley spineflower

CA

Recovery Plan for Insect and Plant Taxa from the Santa Cruz Mountains in California

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

Brady pincushion cactus

AZ

Brady Pincushion Cactus (Pediocactus bradyi) Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Draft%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment_Brady%20Pincushion_clean.pdf

Siler pincushion cactus

AZ, UT

Siler Pincushion Cactus (Pediocactus sileri) Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Draft%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment_Siler%20Pincushion_clean.pdf

Sacramento prickly poppy

NM

Sacramento Prickly-Poppy (Argemone pleiacantha ssp. pinnatisecta ) Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/20180816_Draft%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment_Sacramento%20prickly%20poppy_clean.pdf

Lee pincushion cactus

NM

Sneed and Lee Pincushion Cacti (Coryphantha sneedii var. sneedii  and Coryphantha sneedii var. leei) Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Draft%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment_SneedLee%20Pincuschion_clean.pdf

Sneed pincushion cactus

NM, TX

Kuenzler hedgehog cactus

NM

Kuenzler Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus fendleri var. kuenzleri) Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Draft%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment_Kuenzler%20Hedgehog%20Cactus_clean.pdf

Zuni fleabane

AZ, NM

Zuni Fleabane (Erigeron rhizomatus) Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Draft%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment_Zuni%20Fleabane_clean.pdf

Holy Ghost ipomopsis

NM

Holy Ghost Ipomopsis (Ipomopsis sancti-spiritus) Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/20180816_Draft%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment_Holy%20Ghost%20Ipomopsis_clean.pdf

Knowlton’s cactus

CO, NM

Knowlton’s Cactus (Pediocactus knowltonii) Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Draft%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment_Knowltons%20cactus_clean.pdf

Star cactus

TX

Star Cactus (Astrophytum asterias) Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Draft%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment_Star%20Cactus_clean.pdf

Zapata bladderpod

TX

Zapata Bladderpod (Lesquerella thamnophila) Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Draft%20Rec%20Plan%20Amendment_Z%20bladderpod_clean.pdf

Tobusch fishhook cactus

TX

Tobusch Fishhook Cactus (Ancistrocactus tobuschii) Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Draft%20SCLTOB%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment_clean.pdf

 


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