US Fish and Wildlife Service agrees to six-year work plan for reviewing the status of 251 species

The US District Court for the District of Columbia has approved a work plan submitted by the US Fish and Wildlife Service to systematically, over a period of six years, review the status of 251 species listed on the 2010 Candidate Notice of Review in order to determine if any of them should be listed as federally threatened or endangered. If the Service determines that listing is warranted for any of the 251 species identified in the work plan, the agency will propose those species for listing and allow the public to review and comment on the proposal(s) before making a final determination.
The multi-year listing work plan was developed as a result of settlement agreements that the Service reached in May and June 2011, respectively, with WildEarth Guardians and the Center for Biological Diversity. The work plan was approved by Judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington, DC on September 9, 2011.

The work plan, a list of candidate species, and other information about the settlement agreement is available at www.fws.gov/endangered/improving_ESA/listing_workplan.html. 

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