and Wildlife Service Conducts Five-year Status
Fish and Wildlife Service plans to conduct a five-year status
review of two endangered birds, the Everglade snail kite and the wood
stork, as well as 35 other threatened and endangered species occurring
in Florida, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Georgia, Alabama, and
This notice covers the following species federally listed as endangered: Anastasia Island beach mouse, Choctawhatchee beach mouse, Perdido Key beach mouse, Lower Keys marsh rabbit, Everglade snail kite (bird), wood stork, Culebra giant anole (reptile), Gulf moccasinshell (mussel), Ochlockonee moccasinshell (mussel), oval pigtoe (mussel), shinyrayed pocketbook (mussel), fat three-ridge (mussel), Crenulate lead-plant, Catesbaea melanocarpa (plant), Etonia rosemary (plant) , Cordia bellonis (plant), Avon Park harebells (plant), beautiful goetzea (plant), Lepanthes eltoroensis (plant), Mitracarpus maxwelliae (plant), Mitracarpus polycladus (plant), Peperomia wheeleri (plant), wide-leaf warea (plant), elfin tree fern, Elaphoglossum serpens (plant), Polystichum calderonense (plant), Tectaria estremerana (plant), Thelypteris inabonensis (plant), Thelypteris verecunda (plant), Thelypteris yaucoensis (plant), and Florida perforate cladonia (plant).
This notice also announces
the Service’s active review of the
following species that are currently federally listed as threatened:
bluetail mole skink (reptile), sand skink (reptile), golden coqui (amphibian),
purple bankclimber (mussel), Chipola slabshell (mussel), and Garber’s
In addition to reviewing the classification of these species, a five-year review presents an opportunity to track the species’ recovery progress. It may benefit species by providing valuable information to guide future conservation efforts. Information gathered during a review can assist in making funding decisions, conducting interagency consultations, making permitting decisions, and determining whether to update recovery plans, and other actions under the ESA.
The Federal Register notice announcing the status review of these 37 federally listed species is available on-line at http://frwebgate2.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/waisgate.cgi?WAISdocID=46836548135+6+0+0&WAISaction=retrieve
Written comments and information on the Anastasia Island beach mouse, wood stork, Etonia rosemary, and wide-leaf warea may be e-mailed to Sandy_MacPherson@fws.gov, faxed to 904-232-2404, or sent via regular mail to Sandy MacPherson, Jacksonville Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 6620 Southpoint Drive South, Suite 310, Jacksonville, Florida, 32216.
Written comments and information
on the Lower Keys marsh rabbit, Everglade snail kite, bluetail mole
skink, sand skink, Crenulate lead-plant, Garber’s
spurge, Avon Park harebells, and Florida perforate cladonia may be e-mailed
to Cindy_Schulz@fws.gov, faxed to 772-562-4288, or sent via regular
mail to Cindy Schulz, South Florida Ecological Services Office, U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service, 1339 20th Street, Vero Beach, Florida, 32960.
Information received in response to this notice of review will be available for public inspection by appointment, during normal business hours, at the same addresses.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System which encompasses 545 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands, and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices, and 81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.
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