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Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Initiation of 5-Year Status Reviews of 6 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 of 6 species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. 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 June 11, 2019. 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 status 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 status reviews, go to http://www.fws.gov/​endangered/​what-we-do/​recovery-overview.html, scroll down to “Learn More about 5-Year Status Reviews,” and click on our factsheet.

What information do we consider in our review?

A 5-year status review considers all new information available at the time of the review. In conducting these reviews, we consider the best scientific and commercial data that have become available since the listing determination or most recent status review, 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.

Any new information will be considered during the 5-year status 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 six species listed in the table below.

Common nameScientific nameListing statusHistorical rangeFinal listing rule (Federal Register citation and publication date)Contact person, phone, emailContact person's U.S. mail address
Pawnee montane skipperHesperia leonardus montanaThreatenedColorado51 FR 34106; 9/25/1986Drue DeBerry, CO/NE Project Leader, 303-236-4774; drue_deberry@fws.govEcological Services, Colorado Field Office, P.O. Box 25486-DFC, Denver, CO 80225.
Pallid sturgeonScaphirhynchus albusEndangeredArkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee55 FR 36641; 9/6/1990Casey Kruse, Missouri River Recovery Office, Coordinator, 605-665-4856; casey_kruse@fws.govEcological Services, Missouri River Recovery Office, 31247 436th Avenue, Yankton, SD 57078.
Clay-loving wild buckwheatEriogonum pelinophilumEndangeredColorado49 FR 28562; 7/13/1984Ann Timberman, Colorado Field Office, 970-628-7181; ann_timberman@fws.govEcological Services, Western Colorado Field Office, 445 W Gunnison Ave., #240, Grand Junction, CO 81501-5711.
North Park phaceliaPhacelia formosulaEndangeredColorado47 FR 38540; 9/1/1982Drue DeBerry, CO/NE Project Leader, 303-236-4774; drue_deberry@fws.govEcological Services, Colorado Field Office, P.O. Box 25486-DFC, Denver, CO 80225.
Autumn buttercupRanunculus aestivalis (=acriformis)EndangeredUtah54 FR 30550; 7/21/1989Larry Crist, Project Leader, 801-975-3330; larry_crist@fws.govEcological Services, Utah Field Office, 2369 W Orton Circle, #50, West Valley City, UT 84119.
Maguire primrosePrimula maguireiThreatenedUtah50 FR 33731; 8/21/1985Larry Crist, Project Leader, 801-975-3330; larry_crist@fws.govEcological Services, Utah Field Office, 2369 W Orton Circle, #50, West Valley City, UT 84119.
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Request for New Information

To ensure that a 5-year status 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.

Contents of Public Comments

Please make your comments as specific as possible. Please confine your comments to issues for which we seek comments in this notice, and explain the basis for your comments. Include sufficient information with your comments to allow us to authenticate any scientific or commercial data you include.

The comments and recommendations that will be most useful and likely to be relevant to agency decisions are: (1) Those supported by quantitative information or studies; and (2) Those that include citations to, and analyses of, the applicable laws and regulations.

Completed and Active Reviews

A list of all completed and currently active 5-year status 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/​.

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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Noreen Walsh,

Regional Director, Mountain-Prairie Region.

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[FR Doc. 2019-07323 Filed 4-11-19; 8:45 am]

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