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Monthly Archives: October 2013

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Lists 15 Hawaiian Species as Endangered

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This week, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Service) listed (pdf) 15 species on the island of Hawaii as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Among the species protected are the anchialine pool shrimp (Vetericaris chaceorum), an extremely rare species of shrimp of which only five individuals have ever been observed, and the picture-wing fly… Continue Reading

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Listing the Greater Sage Grouse under the Endangered Species Act

Posted in Critical Habitat, Fish & Wildlife Service, Listing

On October 28, 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) published a proposed rule (pdf) to list the California and Nevada populations of the greater sage grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). According to the Service, this bi-state population is genetically distinct and geographically isolated from other greater sage… Continue Reading

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes to List the Vandenberg Monkeyflower as Endangered

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Yesterday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued two proposed rules for the Vandenberg monkeyflower (Diplacus vandenbergensis), a small annual herb only known to occur at nine locations in western Santa Barbara County.   The first rule proposes to designate the Vandenberg monkeyflower as an endangered species under the federal Endangered Species Act.  The second rule… Continue Reading

National Marine Fisheries Service Delists the Eastern Population of the Steller Sea Lion

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Last week, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued a final rule (pdf) delisting the eastern distinct population segment (DPS) of the Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) from the list of threatened and endangered species. NMFS concluded that delisting is warranted because the species has met the recovery criteria outlined in its 2008 recovery plan and… Continue Reading

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Begins Process of Updating the California Wildlife Action Plan

Posted in Conservation

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has begun the process of updating California’s Wildlife Action Plan, a guidance document that sets goals for improving the state’s wildlife resources. CDFW is holding a series of scoping meetings through November 13 of this year at various locations throughout the state. To be eligible to receive federal funds under… Continue Reading

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Denies Endangered Species Act Protection for Ashy Storm-Petrel

Posted in Fish & Wildlife Service, Listing

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) published (pdf) its final determination that the ashy storm-petrel (Oceanodroma homochroa) does not warrant listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) at this time. The Service’s announcement constitutes its 12-month finding on a petition to list the species filed by the Center for Biological Diversity (Center). The… Continue Reading

With the Conclusion of the Shutdown, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Gets Back to Work

Posted in Listing

Getting back into the swing of things, earlier today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined that the eastern small-footed bat (Myotis leibii) does not warrant listing at this time, and commented on its proposal to list the northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis) (pdf) as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.  The notice issued by the Service… Continue Reading

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes to List Two Flower Species as Endangered

Posted in Critical Habitat, Fish & Wildlife Service, Listing

On October 3, 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) published a proposed rule (pdf) to list the Florida Brickell-bush (Brickellia mosieri) and Carter’s Small-flowered Flax (Linum carteri var carteri) as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). According to the Service, the flower species’ habitat in the pine rockland community of Miami-Dade County… Continue Reading

House Passes Healthy Forests Bill that Would Amend ESA with Respect to Forest Reserve Projects

Posted in Legislation

On September 20, 2013, H.R. 1526, the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act (pdf), was passed by the House of Representatives by a vote of 244-173. Shortly thereafter, the bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Notably, H.R. 1526 includes provisions that, for certain projects authorized under the bill,… Continue Reading

Working Group Holds Congressional Forum on ESA Reform, Despite Absence of Environmental Groups

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On October 10, 2013, the Endangered Species Act Congressional Working Group (Working Group) held a forum entitled “Reviewing 40 Years of the Endangered Species Act and Seeking Improvement for People and Species.” The forum featured 17 panelists, who discussed ways in which the Endangered Species Act (ESA) can be strengthened and improved to better serve… Continue Reading

ESA Working Group Forum Scheduled for Tomorrow, But Not Without Controversy

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The Endangered Species Act Congressional Working Group is scheduled to hold a forum tomorrow morning entitled "Reviewing 40 Years of the Endangered Species Act and Seeking Improvement for People and Species."  A press release issued by the Working Group states that the forum "will feature a diverse group of invited stakeholders who will testify on all angles of the… Continue Reading

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Listing the Rufa Red Knot as Threatened Under the Endangered Species Act

Posted in Fish & Wildlife Service, Listing

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) recently proposed listing (pdf) the rufa red knot (Calidris canutus rufa) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The red knot is a medium-sized shorebird about 9 to 11 inches in length that migrates more than 9,000 miles annually between its breeding grounds in the Canadian Arctic and… Continue Reading

U.S Fish & Wildlife Service Denies Listing of Alaskan Seabird Under the Endangered Species Act

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On October 3, 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) declined to list (pdf) the Kittlitz’s murrelet (Brachyramphus brevirostris) under the Endangered Species Act. Responding to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity, the Service concluded after a 12-month finding that, based on the best available scientific and commercial information, listing the species… Continue Reading

Citing Disagreements Over Climate Change Data, National Marine Fisheries Service Postpones Listing Determination on 68 Coral Species

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In December 2012, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) published (pdf) a proposed rule to list 66 species of reef-building coral as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and to re-classify two species from threatened to endangered.  At that time, NMFS stated that climate change posed one of the most significant threats… Continue Reading