[PCA] Fw: NEWS RELEASE: USFWS conducts five-year status review of 14 Southeastern Species

Carolyn_Wells at fws.gov Carolyn_Wells at fws.gov
Tue Oct 4 10:27:13 CDT 2005

Please accept my apology in advance for any cross-postings of this message.

USFWS has initiated 5-year status reviews (mandated by the Endangered
Species Act) for

Amaranthus pumilus (seabeach amaranth)
Helianthus schweinitzii (Schweinitz's sunflower)
Hexastylis naniflora (dwarf flowered heartleaf)

The purpose of these reviews is to evaluate the current status of these
species throughout their range for the purpose of determining whether their
current ESA listing status (endangered or threatened) remains appropriate,
or if reclassification (down-listing or de-listing) is warranted. Unlike
status surveys, status reviews are limited to a review of readily available
information, and do not include field work to verify the status of
previously known populations, or surveys for new populations.

Dale Suiter is the designated FWS species recovery lead for Amaranthus
pumilus, and I have this responsibility for Helianthus schweinitzii and
Hexastylis naniflora. We would appreciate any relevant information you may
have on the distribution and threats affecting these species. The Federal
Register notice requests information by November 21, 2005. If you think
that you have information but are unable to provide it in this timeframe,
please contact us to discuss your ability to provide this information such
that it can be considered during our review of these species' status (which
is scheduled to be completed within one calendar year from the date of the
Federal Register notice, published 9/20/2005).

Thanks in advance for any information that you provide. Please contact me
(numbers below) or Dale (919/856-4520 ext 18, dale_suiter at fws.gov) with any


Carolyn L. Wells
Asheville Field Office, USFWS
160 Zillicoa Street
Asheville, NC 28801

phone: 828.258.3939 ext. 231

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                                       NEWS RELEASE:  Fish and Wildlife    
                                       Service conducts five-year status   
                                       review of 14 Southeastern Species   

                                                          U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service                       
                                                       Southeast Region E-mail Announcement                    
 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                         
 September 20, 2005                                                                                            
 Contact: Tom MacKenzie, 404/679-7291                                                                          
 Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year                                                                  
 status review of 14 Southeastern Species                                                                      
 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today                                                                      
 announced plans to conduct a five-year status                                                                 
 review of the endangered red wolf and thirteen                                                                
 other threatened and endangered species in                                                                    
 Tennessee and North Carolina.                                                                                 
 These five-year reviews are conducted to ensure                                                               
 that listing classifications under the                                                                        
 Endangered Species Act (ESA) are accurate. Any                                                                
 interested party is invited to provide                                                                        
 information and comments pertaining to these                                                                  
 species. Written comments and information                                                                     
 related to this five-year review must be                                                                      
 received by November 21, 2005.                                                                                
 This notice covers fourteen species including                                                                 
 the endangered Appalachian elktoe (mussel), red                                                               
 wolf, Cumberland monkeyface, Cumberland elktoe,                                                               
 Cumberlandian combshell, green blossom, oyster                                                                
 mussel, tubercled blossom, turgid blossom,                                                                    
 yellow blossom (all mussels), and Schweinitz's                                                                
 sunflower. This notice also includes the                                                                      
 threatened painted snake coiled forest snail,                                                                 
 dwarf-flowered heartleaf and the plant seabeach                                                               
 Specifically, this review seeks 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.                                                                             
 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, conducting interagency                                                                             
 consultations, making permitting decisions, and                                                               
 determining whether to update recovery plans,                                                                 
 and other actions under the ESA.                                                                              
 Written comments and information submitted on                                                                 
 the red wolf should be sent to the U.S. Fish                                                                  
 and Wildlife Service, Alligator River National                                                                
 Wildlife Refuge, P. O. Box 1969                                                                               
 Manteo, North Carolina 27954. Information                                                                     
 submitted on the Appalachian elktoe, Cumberland                                                               
 monkeyface, dwarf-flowered heartleaf,                                                                         
 Schweinitz's sunflower, or the tubercled                                                                      
 blossom should be sent to the Field Supervisor,                                                               
 Asheville Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife                                                                
 Service, 160 Zillicoa Street, Asheville, North                                                                
 Carolina 28801. Information submitted on the                                                                  
 Cumberland elktoe, Cumberlandian combshell,                                                                   
 green blossom, oyster mussel, painted snake                                                                   
 coiled forest snail, turgid blossom or the                                                                    
 yellow blossom should be sent to the Field                                                                    
 Supervisor, Cookeville Field Office, U.S. Fish                                                                
 and Wildlife Service, 446 Neal Street,                                                                        
 Cookeville, Tennessee 38501. Information on the                                                               
 seabeach amaranth should be sent to the Field                                                                 
 Supervisor, Raleigh Field Office, P. O. Box                                                                   
 33726, Raleigh, North Carolina 27636–3726.                                                                    
 The Federal Register notice announcing the                                                                    
 status review of these eight federally listed                                                                 
 species is available on-line at                                                                               
 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the                                                                     
 principal federal agency responsible for                                                                      
 conserving, protecting and enhancing fish,                                                                    
 wildlife and plants and their habitats for the                                                                
 continuing benefit of the American people. The                                                                
 Service manages the 95-million-acre National                                                                  
 Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 545                                                                 
 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small                                                                 
 wetlands and other special management areas. It                                                               
 also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64                                                                 
 fishery resources offices and 81 ecological                                                                   
 services field stations. The agency enforces                                                                  
 federal wildlife laws, administers the                                                                        
 Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird                                                                
 populations, restores nationally significant                                                                  
 fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife                                                                    
 habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign and                                                               
 Native American tribal governments with their                                                                 
 conservation efforts. It also oversees the                                                                    
 Federal Assistance program, which distributes                                                                 
 hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes                                                               
 on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish                                                                
 and wildlife agencies.                                                                                        

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