SUMMARY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announces the availability for public review of a draft recovery plan for the Sacramento prickly-poppy (Argemone pleiacantha ssp. pinnatisecta). This plant is known only from the Sacramento Mountains in Otero County, south-central New Mexico. Approximately 80 percent of the known population occurs on the Lincoln National Forest. The Service solicits review and comment from the public on this draft plan. DATES: Comments on the draft recovery plan must be received on or before May 16, 1994 to receive consideration by the Service. ADDRESSES: Persons wishing to review the draft recovery plan may obtain a copy by contacting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, New Mexico Ecological Services State Office, suite D, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107 (505) 883-7877. Written comments and materials regarding the plan should be addressed to the State Supervisor. Comments and materials received will be available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the above address. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anne Cully (see ADDRESSES above). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Restoring endangered or threatened animals or plants to the point where they are again secure, self-sustaining members of their ecosystems is a primary goal of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's endangered species program. To help guide the recovery effort, the Service is working to prepare recovery plans for most of the listed species native to the United States. Recovery plans describe site specific actions considered necessary for conservation and survival of the species, establish objective, measurable criteria for the recovery levels for downlisting or delisting them, and estimate time and cost for implementing the recovery measures needed. The Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), requires the development of recovery plans for listed species unless such a plan would not promote the conservation of a particular species. Section 4(f) of the Act, as amended in 1988, requires that public notice and an opportunity for public review and comment be provided during recovery plan development. The Service will consider all information presented during the public comment period prior to approval of each new or revised recovery plan. The Service and other Federal agencies will also take these comments into account in the course of implementing approved recovery plans. The Sacramento prickly-poppy (Argemone pleiacantha ssp. pinnatisecta) was listed as endangered on August 24, 1989 (54 FR 35305). Major threats to this species include surface-disturbing activities from water pipeline projects, road construction and maintenance, flash floods, trampling and grazing from livestock, and off road vehicle use. The draft recovery plan specifies management procedures for protecting habitat and expanding the species range and abundance. The objectives of the Draft Sacramento prickly-poppy recovery plan are to maintain extant populations in place and ensure the species is safe from extinction. Further, that at least 10 geographically distinct, self-sustaining natural populations be protected before the species is considered for downlisting. Public Comments Solicited The Service solicits written comments on the draft recovery plan described. All comments received by the date specified above will be considered prior to approval of the plan. Authority The Authority fopr this action is section 4(f) of the Endangered Species Act, 16 U.S.C. 1533(f). Dated: March 9, 1994. John G. Rogers, Regional Director. [FR Doc.94-6062 Filed 3-15-94; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310-55-M
Availability of a Draft Recovery Plan for the Sacramento Prickly- Poppy for Review and Comment
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announces the availability for public review of a draft recovery plan for the Sacramento prickly-poppy (Argemone pleiacantha ssp. pinnatisecta). This plant is known only from the Sacramento Mountains in Otero County, south-central New Mexico. Approximately 80 percent of the known population occurs on the Lincoln National Forest. The Service solicits review and comment from the public on this draft plan.