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FWS announces 5-year status review of 20 Southeastern species

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73 Fed. Reg. (Tuesday, July 29, 2008) (DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR; Fish and Wildlife Service; Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 5-Year Status Review of 20 Southeastern Species; Notice).

Photo of the Alabama canebreak pitcher plant, a carniverous, sun-loving and fire dependent plant, from Union of Concerned Scientists

SUMMARY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is initiating 5-year status reviews of the slender chub (Erimystax cahni), blackside dace (Phoxinus cumberlandensis), vermillion darter (Etheostoma chermocki), pygmy madtom (Noturus stanauli), palezone shiner (Notropis albizonatus), fanshell (Cyprogenai stegaria), inflated heelsplitter (Potamilus inflatus), pink mucket (Lampsilis abrupta), spruce-fir moss spider (Microhexura montivaga), cave crayfish (Cambarus aculabrum), Pyne’s ground plum (Astragalus bibulatus), small-anthered bittercress (Cardamine micranthera), leafy prairie clover (Dalea foliosa), smooth coneflower (Echinacea laevigata), spreading avens (Geum radiatum), Roan Mountain bluet (Hedyotis purpurea var. montana), rough-leaved loosestrife (Lysimachia sperulaefolia), Michaux’s sumac (Rhus michauxii), Alabama canebrake pitcher plant(Sarracenia rubra ssp. alabamensis), and Blue Ridge goldenrod (Solidago spithamaea), under section 4(c)(2) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The purpose of reviews conducted under this section of the Act is to ensure that the classification of species as threatened or endangered on the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants (50 CFR 17.11 and 17.12) is accurate. A 5-year review is an assessment of the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review.  DATES: To allow us adequate time to conduct this review, information submitted for our consideration must be received on or before September 29, 2008. However, we will continue to accept new information about any listed species at any time.

EXCERPT: What information is considered in the review? A 5-year review considers the best scientific and commercial data that have become available since the current listing determination or most recent status review of each species, such as: (A) Species biology, including but not limited to population trends, distribution, abundance, demographics, and genetics; (B) Habitat conditions, including but not limited to amount, distribution, and suitability; (C) Conservation measures that have been implemented to benefit the species; (D) Threat status and trends (see five factors under heading ‘‘How do we determine whether a species is endangered or threatened?’’); and (E) Other new information, data, or corrections, including but not limited to taxonomic or nomenclatural changes, identification of erroneous information contained in the List, and improved analytical methods.