Title: Endangered Species Listing Process
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Title: Endangered Species Listing Process
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
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Abstract: Endangered Species Listing Process To: L.M. Buddy Blain From: Bradley J. Hartman -Director, Office of Environmental Services Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission
General Note: Box 7, Folder 3 ( Vail Conference 1988 - 1988 ), Item 38
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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AND FRESH WATER


THOMAS L. HIRES, SR. MRS. GILBERT W. HUMPHREY WILLIAM G. BOSTICK, JR. C. TOM RAINEY, D.V.M. DON WRIGHT
r Chairman, Lakc Wales Vice-Chairman, Miccosukee Winter lH.ivi Miami Orlando

FARRIS BRYANT BUILDING
ROBERT M. BRANTLY, Executive Director 620 South Meridian Street
ALLAN L. EGBERT, Ph.D., Assistant Executive Director Tallahassee, Florida 32399- 100
(904) 488-1960



December 28, 1987


Mr. L.M. Buddy Blain
Attorney, Blain and Cone
202 Madison Street
Tampa, FL 33602

RE: Endangered Species
Listing Process

Dear Buddy:

Chapter 39, F.A.C. contains listed species regulations of the Game
and Fresh Water Fish Oonmission. The definitions of the three categories
(39-1.004) currently constitute the sole formal criteria for determining
which category, if any, an animal is to be placed. The lists themselves
Share also a part of Chapter 39 (39-27.003, 39-27.004, and 39-27.005). Any
changes to these lists routinely go through Chapter 120 rule making
procedures which include provisions for public input prior to a decision
by the OCmmission.

The process of listing or deleting a species usually starts with a
written request to the Cmmission recommending such a change.
Frequently, these requests originate from a biologist who has recently
concluded studies on a species and feels that it is incorrectly listed.
These requests are routed to Don Wood, our endangered species
coordinator. Mr. Wood contacts the originator of the request and obtains
as much back up material as possible. Unless there is an emergency,
these requests and supporting documentation are accumulated over the
course of a year and reviewed as a part of the Game and Fish Commission's
annual rule revision schedule which concludes with the March Comuission
meeting each year.

Don Wood transmits proposals and recommendations to an informal
group of 86 endangered species consultants selected largely on the basis
of expertise and expressed interest in the endangered species program.
The responses received are normally unanimous for or against a proposed
listing change. Mr. Wood also reviews each proposal and appends his
recommendation based on his review and that of the consulting group and
forwards the proposals to the Director of the Division of Wildlife. At
this point, the proposed rule change enters our routine rulemaking
t process which includes further internal review by a rule review
committee, the staff, and at least one public workshop.


FLORIDA GAME


FISH COMMISSION









Mr. L. M. Buddy Blain
December 28, 1987
Page 2


Some may suspect that our listing process is a ratchet-like system
where species are always moved upward to a more endangered status in
order to aggravate developers. While it is true that most species do
tend to move to a more endangered status as a result of the accelerating
loss of habitat and other human-related factors, we have instances where
animals have been reclassified or delisted altogether because of new
information received that indicates that the animal is in less jeopardy
than formerly thought. The list includes the following species and their
status changes:


osprey:
bald eagle:
Pine Barrens treefrog:

keys cotton rat:
Florida weasel:
Bahama swallow-tail butterfly:
alligator:
Atlantic sturgeon:
gopher tortoise:


threatened to delisted
endangered to threatened
threatened to species of
special concern (SSC)
threatened to delisted
threatened to delisted
threatened to delisted
threatened to SSC
threatened to SSC
threatened to SSC


As I told you at the 20 November Environmental Efficiency Study
committee, our listing process is rather straightforward and does not
require much space to describe. Please call me if you continue to have
questions about this process.

Sincerely,



Bradley J. Hartman
Director, Office of
Environmental Services


cc: Colonel Brantly
Don Wood


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