Conserving the Nature of America
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Findings for 25 Endangered Species Act Petitions

September 17, 2015

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has completed findings for 25 petitions to list, delist or reclassify animals or plants under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service finds that two of these petitions (for the Cahaba pebblesnail and the Stephens' kangaroo rat) did not present substantial scientific or commercial information that the petitioned actions may be warranted. The Service will not initiate a status review for these species.

As listed below, the Service is initiating status reviews for 23 petitions that presented substantial information that the species may warrant listing under the ESA. With the publication of this notice, the Service will initiate a review of the status of each species. To ensure that these reviews are comprehensive, the Service is requesting scientific and commercial data and other information for each species. Based on the status reviews, the Service will address whether the petitioned action is warranted.

A summary of all findings in this batch is included below, along with separate docket numbers:

Not-substantial petition findings – no further status review

Species

Range

Docket number

Docket link

Cahaba pebblesnail

AL

FWS-R4-ES-2015-0079

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-2015-0079

Stephens’ kangaroo rat

CA

FWS-R8-ES-2015-0140

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0140

 

Substantial petition findings – status review initiated

Species

Range

Docket number

Docket link

Blue Calamintha bee

FL

FWS-R4-ES-2015-0077

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-2015-0077

California spotted owl

CA

FWS-R8-ES-2015-0139

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0139

Cascade torrent salamander

WA, OR

FWS-R1-ES-2015-0080

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R1-ES-2015-0080

Columbia torrent salamander

WA, OR

FWS-R1-ES-2015-0083

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R1-ES-2015-0083

Florida pine snake

AL, FL, GA , SC

FWS-R4-ES-2015-0086

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-2015-0086

Inyo Mountains salamander

CA

FWS-R8-ES-2015-0092

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0092

Kern Plateau salamander

CA

FWS-R8-ES-2015-0093

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0093

Lesser slender salamander

CA

FWS-R8-ES-2015-0097

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0097

Limestone salamander

CA

FWS-R8-ES-2015-0099

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0099

Northern bog lemming

AK, WA, ID, MT, MN, ME, NH, NY

FWS-R5-ES-2015-0103

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R5-ES-2015-0103

Panamint alligator lizard

CA

FWS-R8-ES-2015-0105

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0105

Peaks of Otter salamander

VA

FWS-R5-ES-2015-0106

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R5-ES-2015-0106

Regal fritillary

KS, AR, CO, NC, MO, NE, ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, RI, ND, SD, NY, PA, NJ, DE, MD, VA, and WV

FWS-R6-ES-2015-0078

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R6-ES-2015-0078

Rusty-patched bumble bee

CT, IL, IN, IA, MD, MA, MN, ND, TN, WI

FWS-R3-ES-2015-0112

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R3-ES-2015-0112

Shasta salamander

CA

FWS-R8-ES-2015-0115

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0115

Short-tailed snake

FL

FWS-R4-ES-2015-0116

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-2015-0116

Southern rubber boa

CA

FWS-R8-ES-2015-0119

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0119

Tinian monarch

Tinian, CNMI

FWS-R1-ES-2015-0118

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R1-ES-2015-0118

Tricolored blackbird

CA, OR, WA, MX, NV

FWS-R8-ES-2015-0138

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0138

Tufted puffin

WA, OR, CA

FWS-R1-ES-2015-0108

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R1-ES-2015-0108

Virgin River spinedace

UT, AZ, NV

FWS-R6-ES-2015-0121

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R6-ES-2015-0121

Wood turtle

ME, VT, NH, MA, CT, RI, NY, NJ, MD, DE, VA, WV, MN, IA, OH, PA, MI, WI and Canada

FWS-R5-ES-2015-0122

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R5-ES-2015-0122

Yuman desert fringe-toed Lizard

AZ

FWS-R2-ES-2015-0124

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R2-ES-2015-0124

 

The notice will publish in the Federal Register on September 18, 2015, and also will be available at https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection by clicking on the 2015 Notices link under Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants. Information can be submitted on species for which a status review is being initiated, using the specified docket number, beginning upon publication in the Federal Register, for 60 days until November 17, 2015.

The ESA provides a critical safety net for fish, wildlife and plants and has prevented the extinction of hundreds of imperiled species, as well as promoting the recovery of many others. The Service is actively engaged with conservation partners and the public in the search for improved and innovative ways to conserve and recover imperiled species.

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