Conserving the Nature of America
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Service Announces Recovery Plan Revisions for 53 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 28 Endangered Species Act (ESA) recovery plans that provide a recovery roadmap for 53 federally protected species. This batch of recovery plan revisions is part of the Department of the Interior’s Agency Priority Performance Goals, which call 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 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 the necessary understanding of the: (1) species’ biology and threats; and the (2) recovery needs and related implementation issues or concerns, to ensure that we have assembled, considered, and incorporated the best available scientific and commercial information into the draft recovery plan revisions for these 53 species.

The plan revisions cover the following species:

Table 1. List of Animals in Batch

Name

Current Range

Recovery Plan Name

Internet Availability of Proposed Recovery Plan Revision

Orangenacre mucket

AL, MS

Mobile River Basin Aquatic Ecosystem Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Orange-nacre%20Mucket%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

Alabama moccasinshell

AL, GA, MS, TN

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

Dark pigtoe

AL

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Pleurobema%20rubellum%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

Triangular kidneyshell

AL, GA, TN

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Triangular%20Kidneyshell%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

Red Hills salamander

AL

Recovery Plan for the Red Hills Phaeognathus hubrichti Highton

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Red%20Hills%20Salamander%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

Heavy pigtoe

AL, MS

Five Tombigbee River Mussels Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Heavy%20Pigtoe%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

Alabama sturgeon

AL

Recovery Plan for the Alabama Sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus suttkusi)

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

Palezone shiner

AL, KY

Recovery Plan for Palezone Shiner (Notropis albizonatus)

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Palezone%20Shiner%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

Pygmy madtom

TN

Recovery Plan for Pygmy Madtom (Noturus stanauli)

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

Cahaba shiner

AL

Cahaba Shiner Notropis cahabae Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Cahaba%20Shiner%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

Speckled pocketbook

AR

Speckled Pocketbook Mussel (Lampsilis streckeri) Recovery Plan

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

Fat threeridge

FL, GA

Recovery Plan for Endangered Fat Threeridge, Shinyrayed

Pocketbook, Gulf Moccasinshell, Ochlokonee Moccasinshell, Oval Pigtoe and Threatened Chipola Slabshell, and Purple Bankclimber

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

Chipola slabshell

AL, FL

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Chipola%20Slabshell%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

Cape Sable seaside sparrow

FL

South Florida Multi-Species Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Cape%20Sable%20Seaside%20Sparrow%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

Florida grasshopper sparrow

FL

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

Crenulate lead-plant

FL

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Pine%20Rocklands%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

Deltoid spurge

FL

Small’s milkpea

FL

Tiny polygala

FL

Beautiful pawpaw

FL

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Beautiful%20Pawpaw_Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

Lakela’s mint

FL

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Lakelas%20Mint%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

Rice rat

FL

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Silver%20Rice%20Rat%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

Lower-keys marsh rabbit

FL

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Lower%20Keys%20Marsh%20Rabbit%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

Capa rosa

Puerto Rico

Callicarpa ampla, Ilex sintenisii, Styrax portoricensis, Ternstroemia luquillensis, and Ternstroemia subsessilis Recovery Plan

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

Ilex sintenisii (No common name)

Puerto Rico

Palo de jazmin

Puerto Rico

Palo colorado

Puerto Rico

Ternstroemia subsessilis (No common name)

Puerto Rico

Wheeler’s peperomia

Puerto Rico

Peperomia wheeleri Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Peperomia%20wheeleri%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

Uvillo

Puerto Rico

Recovery Plan for Pleodendron macranthum and Eugenia haematocarpa

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Eugenia%20haematocarpa%20Pleodendron%20macrantum%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

Chupacallos

Puerto Rico

Guajón

Puerto Rico

Recovery Plan for the Guajón or Puerto Rican Demon (Eleutherodactylus cooki)

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

Elaphoglossum serpens (No common name)

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican Endangered Ferns Recovery Plan

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

Polystichum calderonense (No common name)

Puerto Rico

Tectaria estremerana (No common name)

Puerto Rico

Thelypteris inabonensis (No common name)

Puerto Rico

Thelypteris vercunda (No common name)

Puerto Rico

Thelypteris yaucoensis (No common name)

Puerto Rico

Gesneria pauciflora (No common name)

Puerto Rico

Gesneria pauciflora Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Gesneria%20pauciflora%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment.pdf

Virgin River chub

AZ, NV, UT

Recovery Plan for the Virgin River Fishes

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Virgin%20River%20chub%20recovery%20criteria_20181206_FINAL.pdf

Barneby ridge-cress

UT

Barneby Ridge-cress Lepidium barnebyanum Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Barneby%20Ridge%20Cress%20recovery%20criteria%2020181029%20FINAL.pdf

Clay phacelia

UT

Phacelia argillacea Atwood Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Clay%20phacelia_recovery_criteria_20181210_FINAL_3.pdf

Maguire primrose

UT

Maguire Primrose (Primula maguirei) Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Maguire_primrose_recovery_criteria_20181210_FINAL.pdf

Autumn buttercup

UT

Autumn Buttercup Ranunculus acriformis A. Gray var. aestivalis L. Benson

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Autumnbuttercup_recovery_criteria_20181210_FINAL.pdf

Shrubby reed-mustard

UT

Utah Reed-Mustards: Clay Reed-Mustard (Schoenocrambe argillacea), Barneby Reed-Mustard (Schoenocrambe barnebyi), Shrubby Reed-Mustard (Schoenocrambe suffrutescens) Recovery Plan

 

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Shrubby%20reed%20mustard%20recovery%20criteria_20181217_FINAL.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lange’s metalmark butterfly

CA

Recovery Plan for Three Endangered Species Endemic to Antioch Dunes, California

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Draft_RP_Amendment%20Antioch%20Dunes.pdf

Contra Costa wallflower

CA

Antioch Dunes evening-primrose

CA

McDonald’s rock-cress

CA, OR

McDonald’s Rock-Cress Recovery Plan (Arabis mcdonaldiana Eastwood)

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/DRAFT%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment%20MCRC.pdf

Howell’s spineflower

CA

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

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

White River spinedace

NV

White River Spinedace (Lepidomeda albivallis) Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Draft%20Recovery%20Plan%20Amendment%20for%20White%20River%20Spinedace.pdf

Western lily

CA, OR

Recovery Plan for the Endangered Western lily (Lilium occidentale)

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

Amargosa vole

CA

Amargosa vole (Microtus californicus scirpensis) Recovery Plan

https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plan/Draft%20RP%20Amendment%20for%20AMVO.pdf

 


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