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Endangered Puerto Rican nightjar. Photo by Mike Morel.

Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year status reviews of 23 Southeastern species

As part of the process mandated by the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct five-year status reviews of 22 endangered fish, wildlife, and plants, and one threatened species, the Ozark cavefish. These species are found in the Southeastern United States and Puerto Rico.

The public is invited to provide information and comments concerning these species on or before August 29, 2017.

These five-year reviews will ensure listing classifications under the ESA are accurate and recommend changes in status where appropriate based on the latest science and analysis. 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, consideration related to reclassifying species status, conducting interagency consultations, making permitting decisions, and determining whether to update recovery plans, and other actions under the ESA.

This notice announces our active review of the Ozark cavefish that is currently federally listed as threatened, and the other 22 species listed here that are currently federally listed as endangered:

Mammals

Birds

  • Puerto Rican broad-winged hawk
  • Puerto Rican nightjar

Fishes

Clams

Snails

  • Anthony’s riversnail

Plants

  • Braun’s rock-cress
  • Deltoid spurge
  • Morefield’s leatherflower
  • Cumberland rosemary
  • Small’s milkpe
  • Lyonia truncata var. proctorii (no common name)
  • Tiny polygala
  • Ruth’s golden aster
  • Alabama canebrake pitcher plant
  • American chaffseed
  • Vernonia proctorii (no common name)
  • Adiantum vivesii (no common name)

The five-year reviews seek information on: (1) species biology, including population trends, distribution, abundance, demographics, and genetics; (2) habitat conditions, including amount, distribution, and suitability; (3) conservation measures that have been implemented; (4) threat status and trends; and, (5) other new information, data, or corrections, including taxonomic or nomenclatural changes; identification of erroneous information contained in the ESA list; and improved analytical methods. Comments and materials received will be available for public inspection by appointment.

The Federal Register notice announcing the status review of these 23 federally listed fish, wildlife and plants is available online at federalregister.gov. Please refer to FWS–R4–ES–2017–N024, which is the docket number for this action.

Written comments and information about them should be e-mailed, faxed, or sent via regular mail to:

Mammals

Florida panther: South Florida Ecological Services Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 12085 State Road 29 S, Immokalee, Florida 34142; fax 772-562-4288. Contact David Shindle by phone at 239-657-8013, or by e-mail at david_shindle@fws.gov.

Birds

Puerto Rican broad-winged hawk and Puerto Rican nightjar: Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Road 301, Km. 5.1, P.O. Box 491, Boqueron, Puerto Rico 00622; fax 787-851-7440. Contact Jose Cruz-Burgos by phone at 787-851-7297, ext.218, or bye-mail at jose_cruz-burgos@fws.gov.

Fishes

Ozark Cavefish: Arkansas Ecological Services Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 110 South Amity Road, Suite 300, Conway, Arkansas 72032; fax 501-513-4480. Contact Tommy Inebnit at 501-513-4483, or by e-mail at thomas_inebnit@fws.gov.

Cumberland darter: Kentucky Ecological Services Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 330 West Broadway, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601; fax 502-695-1024. Contact Dr. Michael Floyd by phone at 502-695-0468, ext. 102, or by e-mail at mike_floyd@fws.gov.

Rush darter and Vermillion darter: Mississippi Ecological Services Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 6578 Dogwood View Parkway, Jackson, Mississippi 39213; fax 601-965-4340. Contact Daniel Drennen by phone at 601-321-1127, or by e-mail at daniel_drennen@fws.gov.

Pygmy madtom: Tennessee Ecological Services Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 446 Neal Street, Cookeville, Tennessee; fax 931-528-7075. Contact Warren Stiles by phone at 931-525-4977 or by e-mail at warren_stiles@fws.gov.

Clams

Cumberland bean and Ring pink: Kentucky Ecological Services Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 330 West Broadway, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601; fax 502-695-1024. Contact Leroy Koch by phone at 502-695-0468, ext. 106, or by e-mail at leroy_koch@fws.gov.

Snails

Anthony’s riversnail: Tennessee Ecological Services Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 446 Neal Street, Cookeville, Tennessee 38501; fax 931-528-7075. Contact Stephanie Chance by phone at 931–528–6481, ext. 211, or by e-mail at stephanie_chance@fws.gov.

Plants

Braun’s rock-cress: Kentucky Ecological Services Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 330 West Broadway, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601; fax 502-695-1024. Contact Dr. Michael Floyd by phone at 502-695-0468, ext. 102, or by e-mail at mike_floyd@fws.gov.

Deltoid spurge, Small’s milkpea, and Tiny polygala: South Florida Ecological Services Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1339 20th Street, Vero Beach, Florida 32960; fax 772-562-4288. Contact David Bender by phone at 772-469-4294 or by e-mail at david_bender@fws.gov.

Morefield’s leatherflower, Cumberland rosemary, and Ruth’s golden aster: Tennessee Ecological Services Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 446 Neal Street, Cookeville, Tennessee 38501; fax 931–528–7075. Contact Geoff Call by phone at 931-525-983 or by e-mail at geoff_call@fws.gov.

Lyonia truncata var. proctorii (no common name), Vernonia proctorii (no common name), and Adiantum vivesii (no common name): Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Road 301, Km. 5.1, P.O. Box 491, Boqueron, Puerto Rico 00622; fax 787-851-7440. Contact Jose Cruz-Burgos by phone at 787-851-7297, ext.218, or by e-mail at jose_cruz-burgos@fws.gov.

Alabama canebrake pitcher plant: Mississippi Ecological Services Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 6578 Dogwood View Parkway, Jackson, Mississippi 39213; fax 601–965–4340. Contact Scott Wiggers by phone at 228-475-0765 or by e-mail at marion_wiggers@fws.gov.

American chaffseed: South Carolina Ecological Services Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 176 Croghan Spur Road, Suite 200, Charleston, South Carolina 29412; fax 843-727-4218. Contact April Punsalan by phone at 843-727-4707, ext. 218, or by e-mail at april_punsalan@fws.gov.

Contacts

Phil Kloer, philip_kloer@fws.gov, (404) 679-7299
Elsie Davis, elsie_davis@fws.gov, (404) 679-7107

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