Service announces recovery plan revisions for 53 species, to assist in measuring progress and addressing threats
Additions part of comprehensive effort to ensure all Endangered Species Act recovery plans contain quantifiable recovery goals
As part of an agency-wide effort to advance the recovery of our nation’s most imperiled species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has made publicly available draft revisions for 28 Endangered Species Act (ESA) recovery plans that provide a recovery roadmap for 53 federally protected species. This batch of recovery plan revisions is part of the Department of the Interior’s Agency Priority Performance Goals, which call for all recovery plans to include quantitative criteria on what constitutes recovery, by September 2019.
Recovery plans are non-regulatory guidance documents that identify, organize and prioritize recovery actions, set measurable recovery objectives, and include time and cost estimates. In total, the Service will revise up to 182 recovery plans covering some 305 species listed under the ESA.
The Service’s success in preventing extinctions and recovering species is due to ESA-inspired partnerships with diverse stakeholders, such as state, federal, and tribal wildlife agencies, industry, conservation groups and citizens. Each species for which recovery criteria are being revised in this effort has undergone or is currently undergoing a status review that considers the best scientific and commercial data that have become available since the species’ listing or most recent status review. This information includes: (1) the biology of the species, (2) habitat conditions, (3) conservation measures that have benefitted the species, (4) threat status and trends in relation to the five listing factors, and (5) other information, data, or corrections.
As such, these revisions reflect scientific and informational updates, which have been gained from years of collaborative work with our partners. Revisions benefit endangered and threatened species, our partners, and the public by sharing the best available information about what is needed to achieve recovery.
Under guidance established in 2010, partial revisions, such as amendments, allow the Service to efficiently and effectively update recovery plans with the latest science and information when a recovery plan may not warrant the time or resources required to undertake a full revision of the plan. (This batch includes both amendments and full recovery plan revisions, as noted in below table.)
The document appears today in the Federal Register Reading Room here: https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection. There will be a 30-day comment period on the proposed revisions, ending on September 5, 2019.
We are requesting submission of any information that enhances the necessary understanding of the: (1) species’ biology and threats; and the (2) recovery needs and related implementation issues or concerns, to ensure that we have assembled, considered, and incorporated the best available scientific and commercial information into the draft recovery plan revisions for these 53 species.
The plan revisions cover the following species:
Table 1. List of animals from the Soutehast in this batch
For a complete list of species covered by this announcement please see the national press release.
Brian Hires, public affairs specialist
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- Alabama Ecological Services Field Office
- Alabama Moccasinshell
- Alabama Sturgeon
- Arkansas Ecological Services Field Office
- Beautiful Pawpaw
- Cahaba Shiner
- Capa Rosa
- Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow
- Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office
- Chipola Slabshell
- Crenulate Lead-Plant
- Dark Pigtoe
- Deltoid Spurge
- Elaphoglossum Serpens
- Endangered Species Act
- Fat Threeridge
- Florida Grasshopper Sparrow
- Georgia Ecological Services Field Office
- Gesneria Pauciflora
- Heavy Pigtoe
- Ilex Sintenisii
- Kentucky Ecological Services Field Office
- Lakelas Mint
- Lower-Keys Marsh Rabbit
- Mississippi Ecological Services Field Office
- North Florida Ecological Services Field Office
- Orangenacre Mucket
- Palezone Shiner
- Palo Colorado
- Palo De Jazmin
- Panama City Ecological Services Field Office
- Polystichum Calderonense
- Puerto Rico
- Pygmy Madtom
- Recovery Plan
- Red Hills Salamander
- Rice Rat
- Small’s Milkpea
- South Florida Ecological Services Field Office
- Speckled Pocketbook
- Tectaria Estremerana
- Tenneessee Ecological Services Field Office
- Ternstroemia Subsessilis
- Thelypteris Inabonensis
- Thelypteris Vercunda
- Thelypteris Yaucoensis
- Tiny Polygala
- Triangular Kidneyshell
- US Virgin Islands
- Wheelers Peperomia
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