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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

Name Current Range Recovery Plan
Orangenacre mucket AL, MS Mobile River Basin Aquatic Ecosystem Recovery Plan
Alabama moccasinshell AL, GA, MS, TN Mobile River Basin Aquatic Ecosystem Recovery Plan
Dark pigtoe AL Mobile River Basin Aquatic Ecosystem Recovery Plan
Triangular kidneyshell AL, GA, TN Mobile River Basin Aquatic Ecosystem Recovery Plan
Red Hills salamander AL Recovery Plan for the Red Hills Phaeognathus hubrichti Highton
Heavy pigtoe AL, MS Five Tombigbee River Mussels Recovery Plan
Alabama sturgeon AL Recovery Plan for the Alabama Sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus suttkusi)
Palezone shiner AL, KY Recovery Plan for Palezone Shiner (Notropis albizonatus)
Pygmy madtom TN Recovery Plan for Pygmy Madtom (Noturus stanauli)
Cahaba shiner AL Cahaba Shiner Notropis cahabae Recovery Plan
Speckled pocketbook AR Speckled Pocketbook Mussel (Lampsilis streckeri) Recovery Plan
Fat threeridge FL, GA Recovery Plan for Endangered Fat Threeridge, Shinyrayed Pocketbook, Gulf Moccasinshell, Ochlokonee Moccasinshell, Oval Pigtoe and Threatened Chipola Slabshell, and Purple Bankclimber
Chipola slabshell AL, FL Recovery Plan for Endangered Fat Threeridge, Shinyrayed Pocketbook, Gulf Moccasinshell, Ochlokonee Moccasinshell, Oval Pigtoe and Threatened Chipola Slabshell, and Purple Bankclimber
Cape Sable seaside sparrow FL South Florida Multi-Species Recovery Plan
Florida grasshopper sparrow FL South Florida Multi-Species Recovery Plan
Crenulate lead-plant FL South Florida Multi-Species Recovery Plan
Deltoid spurge FL South Florida Multi-Species Recovery Plan
Small’s milkpea FL South Florida Multi-Species Recovery Plan
Tiny polygala FL South Florida Multi-Species Recovery Plan
Beautiful pawpaw FL South Florida Multi-Species Recovery Plan
Lakela’s mint FL South Florida Multi-Species Recovery Plan
Rice rat FL South Florida Multi-Species Recovery Plan
Lower-keys marsh rabbit FL South Florida Multi-Species Recovery Plan
Capa rosa Puerto Rico Callicarpa ampla, Ilex sintenisii, Styrax portoricensis, Ternstroemia luquillensis, and Ternstroemia subsessilis Recovery Plan
Ilex sintenisii (No common name) Puerto Rico Callicarpa ampla, Ilex sintenisii, Styrax portoricensis, Ternstroemia luquillensis, and Ternstroemia subsessilis Recovery Plan
Palo de jazmin Puerto Rico Callicarpa ampla, Ilex sintenisii, Styrax portoricensis, Ternstroemia luquillensis, and Ternstroemia subsessilis Recovery Plan
Palo colorado Puerto Rico Callicarpa ampla, Ilex sintenisii, Styrax portoricensis, Ternstroemia luquillensis, and Ternstroemia subsessilis Recovery Plan
Ternstroemia subsessilis (No common name) Puerto Rico Callicarpa ampla, Ilex sintenisii, Styrax portoricensis, Ternstroemia luquillensis, and Ternstroemia subsessilis Recovery Plan
Wheeler’s peperomia Puerto Rico Peperomia wheeleri Recovery Plan
Uvillo Puerto Rico Recovery Plan for Pleodendron macranthum and Eugenia haematocarpa
Chupacallos Puerto Rico Recovery Plan for Pleodendron macranthum and Eugenia haematocarpa
Guajón Puerto Rico Recovery Plan for the Guajón or Puerto Rican Demon (Eleutherodactylus cooki)
Elaphoglossum serpens (No common name) Puerto Rico Puerto Rican Endangered Ferns Recovery Plan
Polystichum calderonense (No common name) Puerto Rico Puerto Rican Endangered Ferns Recovery Plan
Tectaria estremerana (No common name) Puerto Rico Puerto Rican Endangered Ferns Recovery Plan
Thelypteris inabonensis (No common name) Puerto Rico Puerto Rican Endangered Ferns Recovery Plan
Thelypteris vercunda (No common name) Puerto Rico Puerto Rican Endangered Ferns Recovery Plan
Thelypteris yaucoensis (No common name) Puerto Rico Puerto Rican Endangered Ferns Recovery Plan
Gesneria pauciflora (No common name) Puerto Rico Gesneria pauciflora Recovery Plan

For a complete list of species covered by this announcement please see the national press release.

Contact

Brian Hires, public affairs specialist
brian_hires@fws.gov, (703) 358-2191

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