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Endangered Pyne’s ground-plum. Photo by NPS.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year status reviews of 35 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 35 endangered or threatened 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 July 6, 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.

Endangered species

This notice announces our active review of 28 species listed here that are currently federally listed as endangered:

Birds

  • Ivory billed woodpecker;
  • Bermuda petrel;

Fishes

  • Laurel dace;
  • Yellowcheek darter;
  • Watercress darter;
  • Smoky madtom;
  • Chucky madtom;
  • Alabama sturgeon;

Clams

  • Dromedary pearlymussel;
  • Cumberlandian combshell;
  • Cracking pearlymussel;
  • Alabama lampmussel;
  • Birdwing pearlymussel;
  • Alabama pearlshell;
  • Fat pocketbook;
  • Pale lilliput;

Snails

  • Slender campeloma;
  • Armored snail;

Plants

  • Cumberland sandwort;
  • Pyne’s groundplum;
  • Hairy rattleweed;
  • Brooksville bellflower;
  • Elfin tree fern;
  • Aboriginal prickly-apple;
  • Cooley’s water-willow;
  • Spring Creek bladderpod;
  • Britton’s beargrass;
  • Persistent trillium

Threatened species

This notice announces our active review of seven species listed here that are currently federally listed as threatened:

Reptiles

  • Eastern indigo snake;
  • Ringed map turtle;

Fishes

  • Slackwater darter;
  • Yellowfin madtom;
  • Pygmy sculpin;

Plants

  • White birds in a nest;
  • Florida skullcap

To help inform the five-year reviews, the Service is requesting 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.

Read the Federal Register notice announcing the status review of these 35 federally listed fish, wildlife and plants.

Public comments

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

Fish and Wildlife

Ivory-billed woodpecker

Amy Trahan, Louisiana Ecological Services Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 646 Cajundome Blvd., Suite 400, Lafayette, LA 70506; fax 337–291–3139, phone at 337–291–3100, or by e-mail at lafayette@fws.gov.

Cahow (Bermuda petrel)

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

Yellowfin madtom, smoky madtom, and laurel dace

Warren Stiles; and Chucky madtom, Cumberlandian combshell, birdwing pearlymussel, cracking pearlymussel, and dromedary pearlymussel: Stephanie Chance, Tennessee Ecological Services Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 446 Neal Street, Cookeville, TN 38501; fax at 931–528–7075; phone 931–528–6481; or by e-mail at cookeville@fws.gov.

Yellowcheek darter

Chris Davidson, Arkansas Ecological Services Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 110 South Amity Road, Suite 300, Conway, AR 72032; fax at 501–513–4480; phone at 501–513–4481; or by e-mail at arkansas-es_recovery@fws.gov.

Ringed map turtle

Linda Laclaire; fat pocketbook: Paul Hartfield; and slackwater darter, pygmy sculpin, and watercress darter: Daniel Drennen, Mississippi Ecological Services Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 6578 Dogwood View Parkway, Jackson, MS 39213; fax at 601–965–4340; phone 601–965–4900; or by e-mail at Mississippi_field_office@fws.gov.

Alabama sturgeon

Jennifer Grunewald; Alabama pearlshell: Anthony Ford: Alabama lampmussel, pale lilliput, slender campeloma, and armored snail: Evan Collins, Alabama Ecological Services Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1208B Main St., Daphne, AL 36526; fax at 251–441–6222; phone at 251–441–5184; or by e-mail at Alabama@fws.gov.

Eastern indigo snake

Michele Elmore, Georgia Ecological Services Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 52560, Fort Benning, GA 31995; fax at 706–544–6419; phone at 706–544–6428; or by e-mail at georgiaes@fws.gov.

Plants

Cumberland sandwort, Pyne’s ground plum, and Spring Creek bladderpod

Geoff Call, Tennessee Ecological Services Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (see contact information above).

Hairy rattleweed

April Punsulan, Charleston Ecological Services Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 176 Croghan Spur Road, Suite 200, Charleston, SC 29412; fax at 843–727–4218; phone at 843–727–4707; or by e-mail at charleston_recovery@fws.gov.

Brooksville bellflower, Cooley’s water-willow, and Britton’s beargrass

Todd Mecklenborg, North Florida Ecological Services Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 7915 Baymeadows Way, Suite 200, Jacksonville, FL 32256; fax 904–731–3045, phone 904–731–3336, or by e-mail at northflorida@fws.gov.

Elfin tree fern

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

Aboriginal prickly-apple

David Bender, South Florida Ecological Services Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1339 20th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960-3559, phone 772-562-3909, ext.294, or by e-mail at verobeach@fws.gov.

White birds in a nest and Florida skullcap

Vivian Negron-Ortiz, Panama City Ecological Services Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1601 Balboa Ave., Panama City, FL 32405; fax at 850–769–2177; phone at 850–769–0552; or by e-mail at panamacity@fws.gov.

Persistent trillium

David Caldwell, by mail at Georgia Ecological Services Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (see contact information above).

Contact

Elsie Davis, Public Affairs Specialist
elsie_davis@fws.gov, (404) 679-7107

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