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Listing & Classification

Before a plant or animal species can receive the protection provided by the Endangered Species Act (ESA), it must first be added to the Federal lists of threatened and endangered wildlife and plants. The List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife (50 CFR 17.11) and the List of Endangered and Threatened Plants (50 CFR 17.12) contain the names of all species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, insects, plants, and other creatures that have been determined by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-Fisheries (NOAA-Fisheries) (for most marine life) to be in the greatest need of Federal protection. For more information on listing, please see our National Listing Page.

For information on upcoming listing decisions, please see our National Workplan

What is a Proposed Species?

Proposed species are any species of fish, wildlife, or plants that is proposed in the Federal Register to be listed under section 4 of the ESA. 

What is a Candidate Species?

Candidate species are plants and animals for which the Service has sufficient information on their biological status and threats to propose them as endangered or threatened under the ESA, but for which development of a proposed listing regulation is precluded by other higher priority listing activities

Candidate species do not receive protection under the ESA, but the Service works with Federal and non-Federal partners to conserve these species. Candidate conservation agreements may be initiated for these species with the goal of eliminating the current threats and ultimately preventing the need for listing. More information on candidate conservation.

Candidate Species in New York State - There are no current candidate species under Service jurisdiction known to occur in New York.

What is Critical Habitat?

Critical habitat is a term defined and used in the Endangered Species Act. It is specific geographic areas that contain features essential to the conservation of an endangered or threatened species and that may require special management and protection. Critical habitat may also include areas that are not currently occupied by the species but will be needed for its recovery.The Service designates critical habitat for many listed species through our listing program.

Critical Habitat within New York State - Within New York State, the Service has designated critical habitat for the Great Lakes population of piping plovers.

Additional information on Listed, Proposed, Candidate species in New York.

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Last updated: September 16, 2019
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