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Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Initiation of 5-Year Status Reviews of Nine Species in the Mountain-Prairie Region

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AGENCY:

Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION:

Notice of initiation of reviews; request for information.

SUMMARY:

We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, are initiating 5-year status reviews under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), of 4 animal and 5 plant species. A 5-year status review is based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review; therefore, we are requesting submission of any new information on these species that has become available since the last review of the species.

DATES:

To ensure consideration in our reviews, we are requesting submission of new information no later than July 7, 2014. However, we will continue to accept new information about any listed species at any time.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

For information on a particular species, contact the appropriate person or office listed in the table in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section. Individuals who are hearing impaired or speech impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 for TTY assistance.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Why do we conduct 5-year reviews?

Under the Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), we maintain Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants (which we collectively refer to as the List) in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 50 CFR 17.11 (for animals) and 17.12 (for plants). Section 4(c)(2)(A) of the Act requires us to review each listed species' status at least once every 5 years. Our regulations at 50 CFR 424.21 require that we publish a notice in the Federal Register announcing those species under active review. For additional information about 5-year reviews, go to http://www.fws.gov/​endangered/​what-we-do/​recovery-overview.html, scroll down to “Learn More about 5-Year Reviews,” and click on our factsheet.

What information do we consider in our review?

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(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 in relation to the five listing factors (as defined in section 4(a)(1) of the Act); and

(E) Other new information, data, or corrections, including but not limited to taxonomic or nomenclatural changes, identification of erroneous information contained in the List, and improved analytical methods.

Any new information will be considered during the 5-year review and will also be useful in evaluating the ongoing recovery programs for the species.

Which species are under review?

This notice announces our active review of the nine species listed in the table below.

Animals

Common nameScientific nameListing statusHistorical rangeFinal listing rule (Federal Register citation and publication date)Contact person, phone, emailContact person's U.S. mail address
Black-footed ferretMustela nigripesEndangeredArizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, U.S.A., Canada, and Mexico32 FR 4001; 03/11/1967Julie Lyke, Deputy Black-footed Ferret Recovery Coordinator, 970-897-2730; Julie_lyke@fws.govNational Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center, P.O. Box 190, Wellington, CO 80459.
Pallid sturgeonScaphirhynchus albusEndangeredArkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, U.S.A55 FR 36641; 09/06/1990Wayne Nelson-Stastny, MRNRC Coordinator, 402-667-2884; wayne_nelsonstastny@fws.govEcological Services, MRNRC Coordinator, 55245 NE Hwy 121, Crofton, NE 68730.
Virgin River chubGila seminuda (=robusta)EndangeredArizona, Nevada, Utah, U.S.A54 FR 35305; 08/24/1989Larry Crist, Project Leader, 801-975-3330; larry_crist@fws.govEcological Services, 2369 West Orton Circle, STE 50, West Valley City, UT 84119.
WoundfinPlagopterus argentissimusEndangeredArizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, U.S.A35 FR 16047; 10/13/1970Larry Crist (above)

Plants

Scientific nameCommon nameListing statusHistorical rangeFinal listing rule (Federal Register citation and publication date)Contact person, phone, emailContactperson's U.S. mail address
Heliotrope milk-vetchAstragalus montiiThreatenedUtah, U.S.A52 FR 42652; 11/06/1987Larry Crist (above)
Jones cycladeniaCycladenia humilis var. jonesiiThreatenedArizona, Utah, U.S.A51 FR 16526; 05/05/1986Larry Crist (above)
Kodachrome bladderpodLesquerella tumulosaEndangeredUtah, U.S.A58 FR 52027; 10/06/1993Larry Crist (above)
Osterhout milkvetchAstragalus osterhoutiiEndangeredColorado, U.S.A54 FR 29658; 07/13/1989Gina Glenne, Acting Project Leader, 970-628-7183 gina_glenne@fws.govEcological Services, Western Colorado Office, 445 W. Gunnison Ave., #240, Grand Junction, CO 81501-5720.
Penland beardtonguePenstemon penlandiiEndangeredColorado, U.S.A54 FR 29658; 07/13/1989Gina Glenne (above)
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Request for New Information

To ensure that a 5-year review is complete and based on the best available scientific and commercial information, we request new information from all sources. See “What Information Do We Consider in Our Review?” for specific criteria. If you submit information, please support it with documentation such as maps, bibliographic references, methods used to gather and analyze the data, and/or copies of any pertinent publications, reports, or letters by knowledgeable sources.

How do I ask questions or provide information?

If you wish to provide information for any species listed above, please submit your comments and materials to the appropriate contact in the table above. You may also direct questions to those contacts. Individuals who are hearing impaired or speech impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 for TTY assistance.

Public Availability of Submissions

Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

Comments and materials received will be available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the offices where the comments are submitted.

Completed and Active Reviews

A list of all completed and currently active 5-year reviews addressing species for which the Mountain-Prairie Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has lead responsibility is available at http://www.fws.gov/​endangered/​.

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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: April 22, 2014.

Matt Hogan,

Deputy Regional Director, Mountain-Prairie Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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[FR Doc. 2014-10337 Filed 5-5-14; 8:45 am]

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