The annul evaluation of current plants and animals considered as a candidate for protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) was recently released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with the new 2010 candidates. Although one species has been removed from the candidate status altogether, five species have been added, along with several changes in candidate priorities. Overall, the November 2010 Service release has totaled 251 species as candidates for ESA protection.
According to the Service's press release, the newly recognized five candidate species the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has added to the notice are: the Kentucky arrow darter (KY); Rosemont talussnail (AZ); Kenks amphipod (DC, MD); Packards milkvetch (ID); and the Vandenberg monkeyflower (CA). Also according to the press release, the one species candidate removed from last years list is the Palm Springs round-tailed ground squirrel.
How the list works is the candidate speciesplants and animalsare recognized by the Service through information on specific specie status and threats they encounter. From there, the Service either identifies the species as a proposed threatened or endangered species, with added rankings in priorities. However, candidate species, even if on the Services list, do not receive protection under the ESA; the candidates are mere proposals for the protection of the ESA.
The purpose of the Fish and Wildlife Services candidate list:
The candidate list offers the Service and our partners a unique opportunity to address the threats to these species through voluntary conservation efforts on public and private lands, said Acting Service Director Rowan Gould. We will continue working to reduce the number of candidate species by developing conservation agreements that reduce or eliminate the threats they face, and by listing species that warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act as soon as possible.
All information was provided by The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Virtual Newsroom release.
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