A national Native American non-profit organization, the Native American Fish & Wildlife Society, serves as a communication medium for self-determined Native American fish and wildlife managers.

We serve as a communication network between tribal, federal, and state fish and wildlife management entities.

After a thorough review of the best available science, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is proposing to delist the interior least tern, removing the tern from the List of Threatened and Endangered Wildlife. When the interior least tern was first listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1985, there were fewer than 2,000 birds and only a few dozen nesting sites scattered across a once-expansive range that covered America’s Great Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley.

 

The interior least tern’s five-year review is available here: https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/five_year_review/doc4294.pdf

Federal and state agencies, Tribes, and industrial partners have all contributed to the interior least tern’s successful recovery. Depending upon local conditions and needs, active habitat management has included: monitoring, protection of nesting areas, improved water flows, dredge material placement, vegetation and predator control. Many of these beneficial activities have become standard practices and are anticipated to continue after delisting. In addition to post-delisting commitments by the Corps, most states and industries with active management and monitoring roles are expected to continue their actions.

The proposed rule and supporting documents, including a draft post-delisting monitoring plan, are available at http://www.regulations.gov, Docket Number FWS–R4–ES–2018-0082. The Service will seek public review and comments on the proposed rule and draft monitoring plan.

Comments are requested within 60 days or by 12/23/2019, and will be accepted by mail or electronically at http://www.regulations.gov. In the Search box, enter the docket number, and then click on the “Comment Now!” button. Please note that submissions merely supporting or opposing a potential delisting, without supporting documentation, will not be considered in making a determination.

Requests for a public hearing should be made in writing to: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mississippi Field Office, 6578 Dogwood View Parkway, Jackson, MS, 39216 by 12/09/2019.