Apr 062015

Two crayfish from Appalachia have been proposed for listing as endangered by the Fish and Wildlife Service. The proposal went on Public Inspection today and will be published in tomorrow's Federal Register.

Center for Biological Diversity, which had petitioned the service, hailed the proposal. Tierra Curry, CBD senior scientist and a native of southeastern Kentucky, called it "historic because these are the first species to be proposed for protection under the [ESA] because of harm caused by mountaintop-removal coal mining. For decades coal companies have gotten away with polluting Appalachia’s water and killing its species, but it is time for the Endangered Species Act to start being enforced in Appalachia.”

In other listing news, the service declined to propose listing a coastal distinct population segment of the Pacific marten as threatened or endangered.

Here's the summary:

We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 12-month finding on a petition to list the previously classified subspecies Humboldt marten (Martes americana humboldtensis), or the (now-recognized) subspecies of Humboldt marten (Martes caurina humboldtensis), or the Humboldt marten distinct population segment (DPS) of the Pacific marten (M. caurina) as an endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The petition and this finding also address populations of marten from coastal Oregon, which recent genetic analyses indicate are likely to be the same entity as the current classification of Humboldt marten.

We recognize a coastal DPS of the Pacific marten (which includes coastal Oregon populations of marten and the current classification of Humboldt marten) and find that this DPS is not warranted for listing at this time. However, we ask the public to submit to us any new information that becomes available concerning the stressors that may be impacting the coastal DPS of Pacific marten or its habitat at any time.

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