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Puerto Rican parrot draft recovery plan announced by FWS

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73 Fed. Reg. 34313 (June 17, 2008)(DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR; Fish and Wildlife Service; Notice of Availability of a Technical Agency Draft Recovery Plan for the Puerto Rican Parrot for Review and Comment).

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The Puerto Rican parrot is a fruiteating cavity nester seldom seen far from forests, and dependent upon mature, large, cavity-forming trees.  The species decline and restricted distribution are due mostly to widespread habitat loss from deforestation.  Photo from U.S. Forest Service, El Yunque National Forest.

SUMMARY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the availability of the technical agency draft revised recovery plan for the Puerto Rican Parrot (Amazona vittata). The technical agency draft revised recovery plan includes specific recovery objectives and criteria to be met in order to reclassify this species to threatened status and delist it under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We solicit review and comment on this technical agency draft recovery plan from local, state, and Federal agencies, and the public. DATES: In order to be considered, we must receive comments on the technical agency draft recovery plan on or before August 18, 2008.

EXCERPT WITH SPECIES INFORMATION.