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Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Initiation of 5-Year Status Reviews of Eight Endangered Animal Species

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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), for eight animal 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 such information that has become available since the last review for the species.

DATES:

To ensure consideration, please send your written information by June 16, 2017. However, we will continue to accept new information about any listed species at any time.

ADDRESSES:

For instructions on how to submit information for each species, see the table in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

To request information, contact the appropriate person 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:

We are initiating 5-year status reviews under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), for eight animal species listed as endangered: Iowa Pleistocene snail (Discus macclintocki), Karner blue butterfly (Lycaeides melissa samuelis), Kirtland's warbler (Setophaga kirtlandii [=Dendroica kirtlandii]), Ozark hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis bishop), rayed bean (Villosa fabalis), sheepnose (Plethobasus cyphyus), snuffbox (Epioblasma triquetra), and spectaclecase (Cumberlandia monodonta).

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 Start Printed Page 18157(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?

A 5-year review considers the best scientific and commercial data that have become available since the current listing determination or most recent status review of each species, such as:

(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.

New information will be considered in the 5-year review and ongoing recovery programs for the species.

What species are under review?

This notice announces our active 5-year status reviews of the species in the following table.

Common nameScientific nameWhere listedFinal listing rule (Federal Register citation and publication date)Contact person, email, phoneContact person's U.S. mail address
Iowa Pleistocene snailDiscus macclintockiIllinois, Iowa43 FR 28932; August 2, 1978Kristen Lundh; Kristen_Lundh@fws.gov; 309-757-5800, x215USFWS; 1511 47th Avenue; Moline, IL 61265.
Karner blue butterflyLycaeides melissa samuelisIllinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin57 FR 59236; December 14, 1992Jill Utrup; Jill_Utrup@fws.gov; 952-252-0092, x207USFWS, 4101 American Boulevard East; Bloomington, MN 55425.
Kirtland's warblerSetophaga kirtlandii [=Dendroica kirtlandii]Michigan, Wisconsin32 FR 4001; March 11, 1967Carrie Tansy; Carrie_Tansy@fws.gov; 517-351-8375USFWS, 2651 Coolidge Road, Suite 101; East Lansing, MI 48823.
Rayed beanVillosa fabalisIllinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia77 FR 8632; February 14, 2012Angela Boyer; Angela_Boyer@fws.gov; 614-416-8993, x22USFWS, 4625 Morse Road, Suite 104; Columbus, OH 43230.
SheepnosePlethobasus cyphyusAlabama, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin77 FR 14914; March 13, 2012Kristen Lundh; Kristen_Lundh@fws.gov; 309-757-5800, x215.USFWS; 1511 47th Avenue; Moline, IL 61265.
SnuffboxEpioblasma triquetraAlabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin77 FR 8632; February 14, 2012Angela Boyer; Angela_Boyer@fws.gov; 614-416-8993, x22USFWS, 4625 Morse Road, Suite 104; Columbus, OH 43230.
SpectaclecaseCumberlandia monodontaAlabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin.77 FR 14914; March 13, 2012Tamara Smith; Tamara_Smith@fws.gov; 952-252-0092, x219USFWS, 4101 American Boulevard East; Bloomington, MN 55425.
Ozark hellbenderCryptobranchus alleganiensis bishopiArkansas, Missouri.76 FR 61956; October 6, 2011Trisha Crabill; Trisha_Crabill@fws.gov; 573-234-2132USFWS, 101 Park DeVille Drive, Suite A; Columbia, MO 65203.

Request for 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 information. 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?

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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.

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Authority: We publish this notice under the authority of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

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Dated: February 10, 2017.

Lori Nordstrom,

Assistant Regional Director, Ecological Services, Midwest Region.

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[FR Doc. 2017-07674 Filed 4-14-17; 8:45 am]

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