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Removal of the Southeast U.S. Distinct Population Segment of the Wood Stork From the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife (Draft)
Feb. 17, 2023
USFWS proposes to remove the Southeast U.S. distinct population segment (DPS) of the wood stork (Mycteria americana) from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife due to recovery. This determination is based on a thorough review of the best available scientific and commercial data, which indicate that this wood stork DPS has recovered and the threats to it are being adequately managed such that the DPS no longer meets the definition of an endangered species or threatened species under the ESA). If finalized the prohibitions and conservation measures provided by the ESA, particularly through section 7, and USFWS regulations would no longer apply to the wood stork DPS. They are seeking information and comments from the public regarding this proposed rule. They will accept comments received or postmarked on or before 17 April 2023. POC is Lourdes Mena, Classification and Recovery Division Manager, USFWS, Florida Ecological Services Office, 7915 Baymeadows Way, Suite 200, Jacksonville, FL 32256-7517; tele: 904-731-3134. (Federal Register 15 February 2023 [Proposed Rule] Pages 9830-9850)

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