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Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year status reviews of eight 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 eight endangered fish, wildlife, and plants. 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 May 11, 2018.

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 eight species listed here that are currently federally listed as endangered:

Amphibians

  • Coqui llanero;

Clams

  • Carolina heelsplitter;

Crustaceans

  • Hell Creek cave crayfish;

Plants

  • Aristida chaseae;
  • Pelos del diablo;
  • Smooth coneflower;
  • Cooley’s meadowrue;
  • Louisiana quillwort

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 eight federally listed fish, wildlife and plants is available online on March 12, 2018.

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

Fish and Wildlife

Coqui llanero

Jan Zegarra, by mail at the Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Road 301, Km. 5.1, P.O. Box 491, Boquerón, PR 00622; by fax at 787-851-7440; by phone at 787-851-7297, ext. 220; or by email at caribbean_es@fws.gov.

Carolina heelsplitter

Morgan Wolf, by mail at the South Carolina Ecological Services Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 176 Croghan Spur Road, Suite 200, Charleston, SC 29412; by fax at 843-727-4218; by phone at 843-727-4707, ext. 219; or by email at charleston_recovery@fws.gov.

Hell Creek Cave crayfish

Mitch Wine, by mail at Arkansas Ecological Services Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 110 South Amity Road, Suite 300, Conway, AR 72032; by fax at 501-513-4480; by phone at 870-269-3228; or by email at arkansas-es_recovery@fws.gov.

Plants

Aristida chaseae and Pelos del diablo

Carlos Pacheco, by mail at the Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Road 301, Km. 5.1, P.O. Box 491, Boquerón, PR 00622; by fax at 787-851-7440; by phone at 787-851-7297, ext. 221; or by email at caribbean_es@fws.gov.

Cooley’s meadowrue and Smooth coneflower

Dale Suiter, by mail at the Raleigh Ecological Services Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 551 Pylon Drive, #F, Raleigh, NC 27606; by fax at 919-856-4556; by phone at 919-856-4520, ext. 18; or by email at raleigh_es@fws.gov.

Louisiana quillwort

Scott Wiggers, by mail at the Mississippi Ecological Services Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 6578 Dogwood View Parkway, Jackson, MS 39213; by fax at 601-965-4340; by phone at 228-475-0765; or by email at Mississippi_field_office@fws.gov.

Contact

Phil Kloer, philip_kloer@fws.gov, 404679-7299
Elsie Davis, elsie_davis@fws.gov, 404-679-7107

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