U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Announces Initiation of 5-Year Status Review for 50 Species

On Monday, June 18, 2018, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced that it has initiated five year status reviews for fifty species in California, Nevada, and the Klamath Basin of Oregon, pursuant to the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  Included among the species whose ESA listing status is being reviewed are 19 animal species, four of which are currently listed as threatened, while the remaining 14 are currently listed as endangered.  Additionally, the FWS is reviewing thirty-one plant species.

As part of its review, FWS will be accepting new information pertinent to the status of the following animal species:

Species

Current Status

Lange’s metalmark butterfly (Apodemia mormo langei)

Endangered

Smith’s blue butterfly (Euphilotes enoptes smithi)

Endangered

Yellow-billed cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)

Threatened (Western Distinct Population Segment)

California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii)

Threatened

Mountain yellow-legged frog (Rana mucosa)

Endangered

Tidewater goby (Eucyclogobius newberryi)

Endangered

Stephens’ kangaroo rat (Dipodomys stephensi (incl. D. cascus)

Endangered

Point Arena mountain beaver (Aplondontia rufa nigra)

Endangered

Pacific pocket mouse (Perognathus longimembris pacificus)

Endangered

Western snowy plover (Charadrius alexandrinus nivosus)

Threatened (Pacific Coast Population Distinct Population Segment)

Pahrump poolfish (Empetrichthys latos)

Endangered

California clapper rail (Rallus longirostris obsoletus)

Endangered

Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis sierrae)

Endangered

Laguna Mountains skipper (Pyrgus rurales lagunae)

Endangered

Morro shoulderband snail (Helminthoglypta walkeriana)

Endangered

Lost River sucker (Deltistes luxatus)

Endangered

Shortnose sucker (Chasmistes brevirostris)

Endangered

California least tern (Sterna antillarum browni)

Endangered

Inyo California towhee (Pipilo crissalis eremophilus)

Threatened

With respect to the yellow-billed cuckoo, mountain yellow-legged frog, and western snowy plover, FWS’s announcement notes that each was originally listed as a distinct population segment ("DPS").  FWS’s announcement also states that FWS will apply its Policy Regarding the Recognition of DPS’s in considering whether to reclassify or remove any of the DPS’s from the List of Endangered and Threatened Species.  In its announcement of this five-year status review, FWS states that it will accept information on any of the above species, or the additional plant species, for consideration in its review until August 17, 2018.

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    Stephanie Clark is a member of Nossaman’s Environment & Land Use Group.  She advises clients on a variety of land use and environmental matters, including matters dealing with the California Environmental Quality Act, Endangered ...

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