Reclassification of the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker from Endangered to Threatened
Oct. 8, 2020
USFWS proposes to reclassify the red-cockaded woodpecker (Dryobates (= Picoides) borealis) as a threatened species with a rule issued under section 4(d) of the ESA. If they finalize this rule as proposed, it would reclassify the red-cockaded woodpecker from endangered to threatened on the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife (List). This proposal is based on a thorough review of the best available scientific and commercial data, which indicate that the species' status has improved such that it is not currently in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range. Thet are also proposing a rule under the authority of section 4(d) of the Act that provides measures that are necessary and advisable to provide for the conservation of the red-cockaded woodpecker. In addition, we correct the List to reflect that Picoides is not the current scientifically accepted generic name for this species. We seek information, data, and comments from the public regarding this proposal. They will accept comments received or postmarked on or before 7 December 2020. POC is Aaron Valenta, Chief, Division of Restoration and Recovery, USFWS, Southeast Regional Office, 1875 Century Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30345; tel: 404-679-4144.
(Federal Register: 8 October 2020 [Proposed Rule] Pages 63474-63499)