[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 87 (Tuesday, May 6, 2014)]
[Pages 25883-25885]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-10337]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R6-ES-2014-N053; FXES11130600000-145-FF01E00000]

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Initiation of 5-
Year Status Reviews of Nine Species in the Mountain-Prairie Region

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

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


SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, are initiating 5-year 
status reviews under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended 
(Act), of 4 animal and 5 plant species. A 5-year status review is based 
on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the 
review; therefore, we are requesting submission of any new information 
on these species that has become available since the last review of the 

DATES: To ensure consideration in our reviews, we are requesting 
submission of new information no later than July 7, 2014. However, we 
will continue to accept new information about any listed species at any 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on a particular 
species, contact the appropriate person or office listed in the table 
in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section. Individuals who are hearing 
impaired or speech impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 800-
877-8339 for TTY assistance.


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) in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 50 
CFR 17.11 (for animals) and 17.12 (for plants). 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, go to http://www.fws.gov/endangered/what-we-do/recovery-overview.html, scroll down 
to ``Learn More about 5-Year Reviews,'' and click on our factsheet.

What information do we consider in our review?

    A 5-year review considers all new information available at the time 
of the

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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 

Which species are under review?

    This notice announces our active review of the nine species listed 
in the table below.

                                                                                               Final listing rule
                                                                                               (Federal Register     Contact person,    Contact person's
          Common name              Scientific name      Listing status     Historical range       citation and        phone, email     U.S. mail address
                                                                                               publication date)
Black-footed ferret............  Mustela nigripes..  Endangered.........  Arizona, Colorado,  32 FR 4001;........  Julie Lyke, Deputy  National Black-
                                                                           Kansas, Montana,   03/11/1967.........   Black-footed        footed Ferret
                                                                           Nebraska, New                            Ferret Recovery     Conservation
                                                                           Mexico, North                            Coordinator, 970-   Center, P.O. Box
                                                                           Dakota, South                            897-2730; Julie--   190, Wellington,
                                                                           Dakota, Texas,                           lyke@fws.gov.       CO 80459.
                                                                           Utah, Wyoming,
                                                                           U.S.A., Canada,
                                                                           and Mexico.
Pallid sturgeon................  Scaphirhynchus      Endangered.........  Arkansas,           55 FR 36641;.......  Wayne Nelson-       Ecological
                                  albus.                                   Illinois, Iowa,    09/06/1990.........   Stastny, MRNRC      Services, MRNRC
                                                                           Kansas, Kentucky,                        Coordinator, 402-   Coordinator,
                                                                           Louisiana,                               667-2884; wayne--   55245 NE Hwy
                                                                           Mississippi,                             nelsonstastny@fws   121, Crofton, NE
                                                                           Missouri,                                .gov.               68730.
                                                                           Nebraska, North
                                                                           Dakota, South
                                                                           Tennessee, U.S.A.
Virgin River chub..............  Gila seminuda       Endangered.........  Arizona, Nevada,    54 FR 35305;.......  Larry Crist,        Ecological
                                  (=robusta).                              Utah, U.S.A.       08/24/1989.........   Project Leader,     Services, 2369
                                                                                                                    801-975-3330;       West Orton
                                                                                                                    larry--crist@fws.   Circle, STE 50,
                                                                                                                    gov.                West Valley
                                                                                                                                        City, UT 84119.
Woundfin.......................  Plagopterus         Endangered.........  Arizona, Nevada,    35 FR 16047;.......           Larry Crist (above)
                                  argentissimus.                           New Mexico, Utah,  10/13/1970.........

                                                                                                  Final listing
                                                                                                  rule (Federal
                                                                                                     Register       Contact person,     Contactperson's
         Scientific name              Common name         Listing status      Historical range     citation and      phone, email      U.S. mail address
Heliotrope milk-vetch...........  Astragalus montii..  Threatened..........  Utah, U.S.A.......     52 FR 42652;            Larry Crist (above)
Jones cycladenia................  Cycladenia humilis   Threatened..........  Arizona, Utah,         51 FR 16526;            Larry Crist (above)
                                   var. jonesii.                              U.S.A.                  05/05/1986
Kodachrome bladderpod...........  Lesquerella          Endangered..........  Utah, U.S.A.......     58 FR 52027;            Larry Crist (above)
                                   tumulosa.                                                          10/06/1993
Osterhout milkvetch.............  Astragalus           Endangered..........  Colorado, U.S.A...     54 FR 29658;  Gina Glenne,        Ecological
                                   osterhoutii.                                                       07/13/1989   Acting Project      Services, Western
                                                                                                                   Leader, 970-628-    Colorado Office,
                                                                                                                   7183 gina--         445 W. Gunnison
                                                                                                                   glenne@fws.gov.     Ave., 240, Grand
                                                                                                                                       Junction, CO
Penland beardtongue.............  Penstemon penlandii  Endangered..........  Colorado, U.S.A...  54 FR 29658; 07/           Gina Glenne (above)

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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 above. 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 Submissions

    Before including your address, phone number, email address, or 
other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be 
aware that your entire comment--including your personal identifying 
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can 
ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.
    Comments and materials received will be available for public 
inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the offices 
where the comments are submitted.

Completed and Active Reviews

    A list of all completed and currently active 5-year reviews 
addressing species for which the Mountain-Prairie Region of the U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service has lead responsibility is available at 

    Authority: This document is published under the authority of the 
Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

    Dated: April 22, 2014.
Matt Hogan,
Deputy Regional Director, Mountain-Prairie Region, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-10337 Filed 5-5-14; 8:45 am]