AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of availability; opening of public comment period.
SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the
availability for public review and comment of 29 draft recovery plan
revisions, which update recovery criteria for 43 endangered or
threatened species located in 16 States (Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas,
California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana,
New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, and
Texas), two unincorporated territories (the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
and the U.S. Virgin Islands), Canada, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, the
French West Indies, and Mexico. We are updating recovery criteria to
better assist in determining when an endangered species has recovered
to the point that it may be reclassified as threatened, or that the
protections afforded by the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended
(Act), are no longer necessary and the species may be removed from the
Act's protections. We request review of these draft recovery plan
revisions and invite comments from local, State, Tribal, and Federal
agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and the public.
DATES: We must receive comments on the draft recovery plan revisions on
or before July 29, 2019.
Reviewing documents: If you wish to review these draft recovery
plan revisions, you may obtain copies from the website addresses listed
in the table in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. You may also request copies
of the draft recovery plan revisions by contacting the individuals
listed in the table.
Submitting comments: If you wish to comment, see the table in
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION and submit your comments by one of the
U.S. Mail or hand-delivery: You may submit written comments and
materials to the appropriate field office mailing address for the
species in which you are interested;
Email: You may send comments by email to the identified contact
person's email address in the table, for each species. Please include
"Draft Recovery Plan Revision Comments" in the subject line.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on a particular
species, contact the appropriate person listed in the table for that
species in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Individuals who are hearing
impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 for TTY