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Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Initiation of a 5-Year Review of Higgins Eye (Lampsilis higginsii

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Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.


Notice of review.


We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 5-year review of Higgins eye (Lampsilis higginsii), Hungerford's crawling water beetle (Brychius hungerfordi), Missouri bladderpod (Lesquerella filiformis), and Running buffalo clover (Trifolium stoloniferum) under section 4(c)(2)(A) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act) (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). We request any information on the aforementioned species since their original listings in 1976 (41 FR 24064), 1994 (59 FR 10584), 1987 (52 FR 682), and 1987 (52 FR 21480), respectively, that has a bearing on the classification of these species as threatened or endangered.

A 5-year review is a periodic process conducted to ensure that the classification of a listed species is appropriate. A 5-year review is based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review. Based on the results of these 5-year reviews, we will make a finding of whether these species are properly classified under section 4(c)(2)(B) of the Act.


To allow us adequate time to conduct these 5-year reviews, we must receive your information no later than September 19, 2005. If you do not respond to this request for information, but subsequently possess information on the status of any of these species, we are eager to receive new information regarding federally listed species at any time.


Submit information to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Field Supervisor at the following:

1. Higgins eye: Twin Cities Ecological Services Field Office, 4101 East 80th Street, Bloomington, Minnesota 55425-1665.

2. Hungerford's crawling water beetle: East Lansing Ecological Services Field Office, 2651 Coolidge Road, Suite 101, East Lansing, Michigan 48823-5202.

3. Missouri bladderpod: Columbia Ecological Services Field Office, 101 Park DeVille Drive, Suite A, Columbia, Missouri 65203-0057.

4. Running buffalo clover: Reynoldsburg Ecological Services Field Office, 6950-H Americana Parkway, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068-4127.

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1. Higgins eye: Ms. Susan Oetker, Twin Cities Ecological Services Field Office (see ADDRESSES section); telephone (612) 725-3548, extension 219; facsimile (612) 725-3609.

2. Hungerford's crawling water beetle: Ms. Carrie Tansy, East Lansing Ecological Services Field Office (see ADDRESSES section); telephone (517) 351-2555; facsimile (517) 351-1443.

3. Missouri bladderpod: Dr. Paul McKenzie, Columbia Ecological Services Field Office (see ADDRESSES section); telephone (573) 234-2132; facsimile (573) 234-2181.

4. Running buffalo clover: Ms. Sarena Selbo, Reynoldsburg Ecological Services Field Office (see ADDRESSES section); telephone (614) 469-6923; facsimile (614) 269-6919.

Individuals who are hearing impaired or speech impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8337 for TTY assistance.

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Under the Act, the Service maintains a list of endangered and threatened wildlife and plant species (List) at 50 CFR 17.11 and 17.12. Section 4(c)(2)(A) of the Act requires that we conduct a review of listed species at least once every five years. Section 4(c)(2)(B) requires that we determine: (1) Whether a species no longer meets the definition of threatened or endangered and should be removed from the List (delisted); (2) whether a species more properly meets the definition of threatened and should be reclassified from endangered to threatened; or (3) whether a species more properly meets the definition of endangered and should be reclassified from threatened to endangered. Using the best scientific and commercial data available, a species will be considered for delisting if the data substantiates that the species is neither endangered nor threatened for one or more of the following reasons: (1) The species is considered extinct; (2) the species is considered to be recovered; and/or (3) the original data available when the species was listed, or the interpretation of such data, were in error. Any change in Federal classification requires a separate rulemaking process. The regulations in 50 CFR 424.21 require that we publish a notice in the Federal Register announcing those species currently under active review. This notice announces our active review of the endangered Higgins eye, endangered Hungerford's crawling water beetle, threatened Missouri bladderpod, and endangered Running buffalo clover.

Public Solicitation of New Information

To ensure that the 5-year reviews are complete and based on the best available scientific and commercial information, we are soliciting new information from the public, concerned governmental agencies, tribes, the scientific community, industry, environmental entities, and any other interested parties concerning the status of Higgins eye, Hungerford's crawling water beetle, Missouri bladderpod, and Running buffalo clover.

A 5-year review considers the best scientific and commercial data and all new information that has become available since the listing determination or most recent status review. Requested information includes (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 that benefit the species; (D) threat status and trends; and (E) other new information, data, or corrections, including but not limited to, taxonomic or nomenclature changes, identification of erroneous information contained in the List, and improved analytical methods.

You may submit your comments and materials to the appropriate Field Start Printed Page 41424Supervisor (see ADDRESSES section). Our practice is to make comments, including names and home addresses of respondents, available for public review during regular business hours. Respondents may request that we withhold a respondent's identity, as allowable by law. If you wish us to withhold your name or address, you must state this request prominently at the beginning of your comment. We will not, however, consider anonymous comments. To the extent consistent with applicable law, we will make all submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, available for public inspection in their entirety. Information received in response to this notice and review will be available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours (see ADDRESSES section).

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Authority: This document is published under the authority of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

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Dated: June 16, 2005.

Wendi Weber,

Assistant Regional Director, Ecological Services, Region 3.

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[FR Doc. 05-14161 Filed 7-18-05; 8:45 am]