The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the availability of a draft recovery plan for Gonocalyx concolor (no common name), a plant native to the elfin forests of the Carite Commonwealth Forest, a public land managed for conservation by the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (PRDNER).
Listed as an endangered species with 198 acres of critical habitat in 2014, the species is threatened by habitat destruction, modification, and fragmentation due to construction and expansion of telecommunication towers and associated facilities, and road improvements. In addition, its limited distribution and highly specialized ecological requirements exacerbate the potential threats posed by other factors (e.g., landslides, vegetation clearance, human induced fires, competition, and environmental effects resulting from).
To promote and support the conservation and survival of endangered species and threatened species, and provide a transparent path to achieving recovery, we and our partners develop and implement recovery plans. Recovery plans are unique to each species and serve as central organizing tools that provide important guidance on methods of minimizing threats to listed species, such as restoring and acquiring habitat, removing introduced predators or, conducting surveys, monitoring individual populations, reproducing the species through controlled propagation programs to augment their current populations, and reintroductions into historic ranges. Recovery plans identify measurable and objective criteria against which progress towards recovery of a species can be tracked over time. Recovery plans are guidance documents and not regulatory. No agency or entity is required by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to implement actions in a recovery plan.
The draft recovery plan for Gonocalyx concolor is available at the following link for review and comment until September 6, 2022.
For more information on the species, contact Edwin Muñiz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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