Striped Newt a Candidate for Listing under the Endangered Species Act

By: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Press Release
By: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Press Release

The striped newt, a small salamander, is now considered a federal
candidate for listing as a threatened species. The U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service made the announcement today in the Federal Register Reading Room. Striped newts are only found in the lower southeastern coastal plain of Florida and Georgia.

Adding the species to the candidate list continues to allow the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service and other organizations to work cooperatively on management issues. For example, the Service provides technical assistance and competitive matching grants to private landowners, states, and territories undertaking conservation efforts on behalf of candidate species. The Service also works with interested landowners to develop Candidate Conservation Agreements. These voluntary agreements allow citizens to manage their property in ways that benefit candidate species, in some cases precluding the need to list the species. These agreements can be developed to provide regulatory certainty for landowners should the species become listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

The Service will review the progress and status of the species annually, as it does with all candidate species, and, if needed, will propose the species for protection when funding and workload priorities for other listing actions allow.

The Service will continue to work with its partners to promote
conservation and management of the striped newt throughout its range. These efforts include range-wide surveys and appropriate land management on public lands as necessary. The Service's ultimate goal, which is shared by many state wildlife agencies, private organizations and individuals, is to intervene and successfully address the needs of candidate species so that listing is no longer needed.

The Service made the warranted, but precluded, finding in response to a petition filed July 10, 2008, by the Dr. D. Bruce Means, Ryan C. Means, and Rebecca P.M. Means of the Coastal Plains Institute and Land Conservancy. The Service completed an initial review, known as a 90-day finding, on March 23, 2010, and concluded that the petition contained substantial information supporting a full study of the striped newt's status, the results of which are being published in the Federal Register.

Service biologists examined the best scientific and commercial
information available regarding the past, present, and future threats
faced by the striped newt. They also reviewed the petition, information
available in Service files, other available published and unpublished
information, and gathered information from striped newt experts and
other federal and state agencies.

Striped newts are less than five inches long. They are found in what
were historically longleaf pine-dominated savanna, scrub, or sandhill
habitats, and they breed in shallow, isolated, temporary ponds. The
primary threats to the species survival are habitat loss, disease, and
drought.

To ensure any proposed listing determination for the striped newt is as accurate as possible, the Service will continue to accept additional
information and comments from all concerned governmental agencies, the scientific community, industry, or any other interested party. Additional information and comments may be sent via e-mail to
northflorida@fws.gov or via regular mail to U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, North Florida Ecological Services Field Office, 7915 Baymeadows Way, Suite 200, Jacksonville, Florida 32256.

A copy of the finding and other information about the striped newt is
available on-line at http://www.fws.gov/northflorida.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency
responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American
people. Visit the Service's website at http://www.fws.gov or
http://www.fws.gov/southeast/.


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