[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 160 (Monday, August 19, 2013)]
[Pages 50439-50441]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-17328]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R5-ES-2013-N153; FXES11130500000D2-134-FF05E00000]

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Initiation of a 5-
Year Review of Nine Northeastern Species

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of initiation of reviews; request for information.


SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are 
initiating 5-year reviews under the Endangered Species Act (Act), as 
amended, for nine northeastern species. We will review the following 
endangered species: Peter's Mountain mallow, Jesup's milk-vetch, James 
spinymussel, sandplain gerardia, harperella, American chaffseed, and 
rough rabbitsfoot. We will also review the threatened northeastern 
beach tiger beetle and Virginia spiraea. A 5-year review is based on 
the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the 
review. We are requesting submission of any such information that has 
become available since the previous 5-year review for each species.

DATES: To ensure consideration, please send your written information by 
October 3, 2013. However, we will continue to accept new information 
about any listed species at any time.

ADDRESSES: For instructions on how and where to submit information, see 
``Request for Information'' and ``Contacts'' under SUPPLEMENTARY 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding a particular 
species, contact the appropriate person or office listed in the 
``Contacts'' table in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section. For 
general information regarding this notice, contact Mary Parkin, by U.S. 
mail at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Northeast Regional Office, 300 
Westgate Center Drive, Hadley, MA 01035; by telephone at 617-417-3331; 
or by electronic mail at mary_parkin@fws.gov.


Why do we conduct 5-year reviews?

    Under the Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), we maintain Lists of 
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants (which we collectively 
refer to as the List). Wildlife and plants on the List can be found at 
http://ecos.fws.gov/tess_public/pub/listedAnimals.jsp and http://ecos.fws.gov/tess_public/pub/listedPlants.jsp, respectively. Section 
4(c)(2)(A) of the Act requires us to review each listed species' status 
at least once every 5 years. Our regulations at 50 CFR 424.21 require 
that we publish a notice in the Federal Register announcing those 
species under active review. For additional information about 5-year 
reviews, refer to our fact sheet at: http://www.fws.gov/endangered/what-we-do/recovery-overview.html.

What species are under review?

    We are initiating 5-year status reviews of the species in the 
following table.

                                      Table 1--Species Under 5-Year Review
                                                                             Where listed/     Listing date and
          Common name              Scientific name          Status              occurs             citation
James spinymussel..............  (Pleurobema         Endangered.........  Entire: NC, VA, WV  July 22, 1988; 53
                                  collina).                                                    FR 27689.
Rough rabbitsfoot..............  (Quadrula           Endangered.........  Entire: TN, VA....  January 10, 1997;
                                  cylindrica                                                   62 FR 1647.
Northeastern beach tiger beetle  (Cicindela          Threatened.........  Entire: MD, MA,     August 7, 1990; 55
                                  dorsalis                                 NJ, VA.             FR 32088.
Peter's Mountain mallow........  (Iliamna corei)...  Endangered.........  Entire: VA........  May 12, 1986; 51
                                                                                               FR 17343.
Jesup's milk-vetch.............  (Astragalus         Endangered.........  Entire: NH, VT....  June 5, 1987; 52
                                  robbinsii var.                                               FR 21481.
Sandplain gerardia.............  (Agalinis acuta)..  Endangered.........  Entire: CT, MD,     September 7, 1988;
                                                                           MA, NY, RI.         53 FR 34701.

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Harperella.....................  (Ptilimnium         Endangered.........  Entire: AL, AR,     September 28,
                                  nodosum).                                GA, MD, NC, SC,     1988; 53 FR
                                                                           VA, WV.             37978.
American chaffseed.............  (Schwalbea          Endangered.........  Entire: AL, FL,     September 29,
                                  americana).                              GA, LA, MS, NJ,     1992; 57 FR
                                                                           NC, SC, VA.         44704.
Virginia spiraea...............  (Spiraea            Threatened.........  Entire: GA, KY,     June 15, 1990; 55
                                  virginiana).                             NC, OH, PA, TN,     FR 24241.
                                                                           VA, WV.

What information do we consider in our review?

    A 5-year review considers all new information available at the time 
of the review. In conducting these reviews, we consider the best 
scientific and commercial data that have become available since the 
listing determination or most recent status review, such as:
    (A) Species biology, including but not limited to population 
trends, distribution, abundance, demographics, and genetics;
    (B) Habitat conditions, including but not limited to amount, 
distribution, and suitability;
    (C) Conservation measures that have been implemented that benefit 
the species;
    (D) Threat status and trends in relation to the five listing 
factors (as defined in section 4(a)(1) of the Act); and
    (E) Other new information, data, or corrections, including but not 
limited to taxonomic or nomenclatural changes, identification of 
erroneous information contained in the List, and improved analytical 
    Any new information will be considered during the 5-year review and 
will also be useful in evaluating the ongoing recovery programs for the 

Request for New Information

    To ensure that a 5-year review is complete and based on the best 
available scientific and commercial information, we request new 
information from all sources. See ``What Information Do We Consider in 
Our Review?'' for specific criteria. If you submit information, please 
support it with documentation such as maps, bibliographic references, 
methods used to gather and analyze the data, and/or copies of any 
pertinent publications, reports, or letters by knowledgeable sources.

How do I ask questions or provide information?

    If you wish to provide information for any species listed above, 
please submit your comments and materials to the appropriate contact in 
the table below. You may also direct questions to those contacts. 
Individuals who are hearing impaired or speech impaired may call the 
Federal Relay Service, at 800-877-8339 for TTY assistance.

Public Availability of Information Submitted

    Before including your address, phone number, electronic mail 
address, or other personal identifying information in your submission, 
you should be aware that you entire submission--including your personal 
identifying information--may be made publicly available at any time. 
Although you can request that personal information be withheld from 
public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. 
Materials received will be available for public inspection, by 
appointment, during normal business hours at the offices where the 
information is submitted.


    New information on the species covered in this notice should be 
submitted by mail or electronic mail to the appropriate species' 
contact person within the time frame provided under DATES above.

                            Table 2--Contacts
                                 Contact person,
            Species               phone, e-mail       Contact address
James spinymussel.............  Kimberly Smith,    U.S. Fish and
                                 804-693-6694; e-   Wildlife Service,
                                 mail kimberly--    Virginia Field
                                 smith@fws.gov.     Office, 6669 Short
                                                    Lane, Gloucester, VA
Rough rabbitsfoot.............  Shane Hanlon, 276- U.S. Fish and
                                 623-1233; e-mail   Wildlife Service,
                                 shane--hanlon@fw   Southwest Virginia
                                 s.gov.             Field Office, 330
                                                    Cummings Street,
                                                    Abingdon, VA 24210.
Northeastern beach tiger        Mike Drummond,     U.S. Fish and
 beetle.                         804-693-6694; e-   Wildlife Service,
                                 mail mike--        Virginia Field
                                 drummond@fws.gov.  Office, 6669 Short
                                                    Lane, Gloucester, VA
Peter's Mountain mallow.......  Troy Andersen,     U.S. Fish and
                                 804-693-6694; e-   Wildlife Service,
                                 mail troy--        Virginia Field
                                 andersen@fws.gov.  Office, 6669 Short
                                                    Lane, Gloucester, VA
Jesup's milk-vetch............  Susi von           U.S. Fish and
                                 Oettingen, 603-    Wildlife Service,
                                 223-2541; e-mail   New England Field
                                 susi--vonoetting   Office, 70
                                 en@fws.gov.        Commercial Street,
                                                    Ste. 300, Concord,
                                                    NH 03301.
Sandplain gerardia............  Steve Sinkevich,   U.S. Fish and
                                 631-776-1401; e-   Wildlife Service,
                                 mail steve--       Long Island Field
                                 sinkevich@fws.go   Office, 3 Old Barto
                                 v.                 Road, Brookhaven, NY
Harperella....................  Barbara Douglas,   U.S. Fish and
                                 304-636-6586; e-   Wildlife Service,
                                 mail barbara--     West Virginia Field
                                 douglas@fws.gov.   Office, 694 Beverly
                                                    Pike, Elkins, WV
American chaffseed............  Jeremy Markuson,   U.S. Fish and
                                 609-646-9310; e-   Wildlife Service,
                                 mail jeremy--      New Jersey Field
                                 markuson@fws.gov.  Office, 927 North
                                                    Main Street, Bldg D,
                                                    Pleasantville, NJ
Virginia spiraea..............  William Hester,    U.S. Fish and
                                 804-693-6694, e-   Wildlife Service,
                                 mail william--     Virginia Field
                                 hester@fws.gov.    Office, 6669 Short
                                                    Lane, Gloucester, VA

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IX. Authority

    We publish this document under the authority of the Endangered 
Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

    Dated: June 25, 2013.
Wendi Weber,
Regional Director, Northeast Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-17328 Filed 8-16-13; 8:45 am]