Conserving the Nature of America
Press Release
Service Announces Recovery Plan Revisions for 43 Species, To Assist in Measuring Progress and Addressing Threats
Additions part of comprehensive effort to ensure all Endangered Species Act recovery plans contain quantifiable recovery goals

August 5, 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 21 recovery plans that provide a recovery roadmap for 43 federally protected species. This batch of recovery plan revisions is part of the Department of the Interior’s Agency Priority Performance Goals. The effort calls for all 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 listed under the ESA.

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 efficiently and effectively update recovery plans with the latest science and information when a recovery plan may not warrant the time or resources required to undertake a full revision of the plan. (This batch includes both amendments and full recovery plan revisions, as noted in below table.)

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 September 5, 2019.

We are requesting submission of any information that enhances understanding of the: (1) species’ biology and threats, and the (2) recovery needs and related implementation issues or concerns. We seek to ensure that we have assembled, considered and incorporated the best available scientific and commercial information into the draft recovery plan revisions for these 43 species.

The plan revisions cover the following species:

Table 1. List of Animals in Batch

Common Name

Current Range

Recovery Plan Name

Internet Availability of Proposed Recovery Plan Revision

Southern combshell

AL, MS

Five Tombigbee River Mussels Recovery Plan2

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Southern%20Combshell%20and%20Black%20Clubshell%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

Black clubshell

AL, MS

Fat pocketbook

AR, IL, IN, KY, LA, MO, MS, TN

A Recovery Plan for the Fat Pocketbook Pearly Mussel Potamilus capax2

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Fat%20Pocketbook%20Mussel%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

Alabama redbellied turtle

AL, MS

Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Alabama Red-Bellied Turtle (Pseudemys alabamensis) 3

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Alabama%20Red%20Bellied%20Turtle%20Draft%20Revised%20Recovery%20Plan.pdf

Dusky gopher frog

AL, MS

Dusky Gopher Frog (Rana sevosa) Recovery Plan2

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Dusky%20Gopher%20Frog%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

Alabama cavefish

AL

Alabama Cavefish Speoplatyrhinus poulsoni Recovery Plan (Second Revision) 2

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Alabama%20Cavefish%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

Alabama beach mouse

AL

Recovery Plan for the Alabama Beach Mouse (Peromyscus polionotus ammobates), Perdido Key Beach Mouse (P. p. trissyllepsis), and Choctawhatchee Beach Mouse (P. p. allophrys) 2

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Alabama%20Beach%20Mouse%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

Choctawhatchee beach mouse

FL

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Choctawhatchee%20Beach%20Mouse%20%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

Perdido Key beach mouse

AL, FL

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Perdido%20Key%20Beach%20Mouse%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

Ochlockonee moccasinshell

FL, GA

Recovery Plan for Endangered Fat Threeridge, Shinyrayed Pocketbook, Gulf Moccasinshell, Oval Pigtoe and Threatened Chipola Slabshell, and Purple bankclimber2

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Ochlockonee%20Moccasinshell%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

Florida scrub-jay

FL

Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Florida Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens) 3

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Florida%20Scrub-Jay%20Draft%20Revised%20Recovery%20Plan.pdf

American crocodile

FL

South Florida Multi-Species Recovery Plan2

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/American%20Crocodile%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

Snail kite

FL

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Everglade%20Snail%20Kite%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

Eastern indigo snake

AL, FL, GA

Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Eastern Indigo Snake3

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Eastern%20Indigo%20Snake%20Draft%20Revised%20Recovery%20Plan.pdf

Amber darter

GA, TN

Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Amber Darter (Percina antesella) 3

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Amber%20Darter%20Draft%20Revised%20Recovery%20Plan.pdf

Conasauga logperch

GA, TN

Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Conasauga Logperch (Percina jenkinsi) 3

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Conasauga%20Logperch%20Draft%20Revised%20Recovery%20Plan.pdf

Louisiana pearlshell

AR, LA

Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Louisiana Pearlshell (Margaritifera hembeli) 3

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Louisiana%20Pearlshell%20Draft%20Revised%20Recovery%20Plan.pdf

Puerto Rican sharp-shinned hawk

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican Broad-Winged Hawk and Puerto Rican Sharp-Shinned Hawk Recovery Plan2

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Puerto%20Rican%20Broad-Winged%20Hawk%20and%20Puerto%20Rican%20Sharp-Shinned%20Hawk%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

Puerto Rican broad-winged hawk

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican boa

Puerto Rico

Recovery Plan for the Puerto Rican Boa2

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Puerto%20Rican%20Boa%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

Virgin Islands tree boa

Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Recovery Plan for the Virgin Islands Tree Boa (Epicrates monensis granti) 2

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Virgin%20Island%20Tree%20Boa%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

 

Table 2. List of Plants in Batch

Common Name

Current Range

Recovery Plan Name

Internet Availability of Proposed Recovery Plan Revision

Morefield’s leather flower

AL, TN

Morefield’s Leather Flower Clematis morefieldii Recovery Plan2

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Morefields%20Leather%20Flower%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

Alabama canebrake pitcher-plant

AL

Alabama Canebrake Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia rubra ssp. alabamensis) Recovery Plan2

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Alabama%20Canebrake%20Pitcher%20Plant%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment_1.pdf

Apalachicola rosemary

FL

Recovery Plan for Apalachicola Rosemary (Conradina glabra) 2

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Apalachicola%20Rosemary%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

 

Chapman rhododendron

FL

Recovery Plan for Chapman’s Rhododendron, Rododendron chapmanii2

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Chapmans%20Rhododendron%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

Gentian pinkroot

AL, FL

Recovery Plan for Spigelia gentianoides (Gentian pinkroot) 2

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Gentian%20Pinkroot%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

Four-petal pawpaw

FL

South Florida Multi-Species Recovery Plan2

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Four%20Petal%20PawPaw%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

Fragrant prickly-apple

FL

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Fragrant%20Prickly%20Apple%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

Florida perforate cladonia

FL

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Florida%20Perforate%20Cladonia%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

Short-leaved rosemary

FL

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Lake%20Wales%20Ridge%20Plants%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

Avon Park harebells

FL

Garrett’s mint

FL

Scrub mint

FL

Snakeroot

FL

Highlands scrub hypericum

FL

Scrub blazingstar

FL

Lewton’s polygala

FL

Wireweed

FL

Sandlace

FL

Carter’s mustard

FL

Florida ziziphus

FL

Okeechobee gourd

FL

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Okeechobee%20Gourd%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

Key tree-cactus

FL

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Key%20Tree%20Cactus%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

 

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