Cara J Posted May 17, 2018 Share Posted May 17, 2018 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced its intent to conduct five-year status reviews of 35 threatened and endangered species. This session of reviews will involve species occurring in the Southeastern United States, including the Ivory-billed woodpecker (Campephilus principalis), the Bermuda petrel (Pterodroma cahow), the eastern indigo snake (Drymarchon corais couperi) and the ringed map turtle (Graptemys oculifera). Five-year reviews are mandated by the Endangered Species Act and include a 60-day comment period to obtain the “best available science.” After this information is gathered, a special committee may offer one of four recommendations: maintain the current status, “uplist” a species from threatened to endangered, “downlist” a species from endangered to threatened or “delist” a species no longer considered in peril. For more information and to submit comments on these species by the July 6 deadline, see the Federal Register announcement. See The Wildlife Society’s standing position on threatened and endangered species and position statement on the U.S. Endangered Species Act. View the full article Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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