Monthly Archives: January 2012

Congressman Markey Issues Sharp Criticisms of Draft Interpretation of “Endangered” and “Threatened” Species

As previously blogged about here, on December 9, 2011, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service (Services) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (PDF) in the Federal Register that will, if adopted, change the Services’ standards for listing and delisting species as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by … Continue Reading

Fish and Wildlife Service Poised to Publish Finding that Listing of Native Hawaiin Bird May be Warranted

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has prepared a 90-day finding (pdf) under the Endangered Species Act, in which it concludes that list of the ‘I’iwi (Vestiaria coccinea) as threatened or endangered  may be warranted, according to an article in Greenwire by April Reese.  The species, also known as the scarlet Hawaiian honeycreeper, is endemic … Continue Reading

Parts of National Oceanic and Atomospheric Administration to be Transferred to Department of the Interior

President Obama announced a government consolidation plan that would involve transferring parts of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ("NOAA"), which is currently part of the Department of Commerce, to the Department of the Interior.  NOAA oversees marine wildlife, including endangered marine species.  The Fish and Wildlife Service, which is an agency within Interior, oversees … Continue Reading

Wildlife Service Reviewing the Status of Humboldt Marten for Potential Listing Determination

On January 12, 2012, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found, after completing a 90-day review, that a petition to list the Humboldt marten (Martes americana humboldtensis) as an endangered or threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act presented substantial scientific information indicating that listing may be warranted.  The Service will now conduct a … Continue Reading

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and California Department of Fish and Game Approve San Diego County Water Authority’s Habitat Conservation Plan

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) have approved the San Diego County Water Authority’s (Authority) Natural Community Conservation Plan/Habitat Conservation Plan (NCCP/HCP), which is expected to contribute to the conservation of San Diego County’s natural resources, while providing a more efficient endangered species permitting process … Continue Reading

Fish & Wildlife Service Announces 90-Day Finding for Sierra Nevada Red Fox

The Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced this week a 90-day finding (pdf) on a petition (pdf) submitted by the Center for Biological Diversity to list the Sierra Nevada red fox (Vulpes vulpes necator) as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and to designate critical habitat. As reported in the Sacramento Bee and the Modesto … Continue Reading