Guam – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is holding Open House meetings on Saipan and Guam.
The information meetings will provide an opportunity for interested parties to learn about the process for proposing new threatened or endangered species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act and proposing critical habitat.
The Service is considering whether certain species in Guam and the CNMI warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act through listing and critical habitat.
The Saipan Open House will be held at the American Memorial Park Visitor Center in Garapan on Wednesday, May 14 from 6-8 pm.
The Guam Open House will be held at the University of Guam, School of Business and Public Administration, Anthony Leon Guerrero Room #129, Mangilao, Guam on Friday, May 16 from 6-8 pm.
Twenty-three species located in Guam and the CNMI are under consideration for listing as either endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
Species under consideration include seven candidate species (1 bat, 4 tree snails and 2 butterflies); we are also considering listing and additional 14 plant species and two animals.
The Service is concurrently considering designating critical habitat for these species (if listed) and revising critical habitat for currently listed species on Guam and the CNMI.
The species under consideration are:
“The Service greatly values public input and we hope that people will come to these meetings, share their knowledge, learn, or suggest ways to protect some of the rarest plants and animals in the Mariana Islands,” said Loyal Mehrhoff, the Service’s field supervisor for the Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office.
America’s fish, wildlife and plant resources belong to all of us, and ensuring the health of imperiled species is a shared responsibility. To learn more about the Pacific island’s Endangered Species program, go to http://www.fws.gov/pacificislands/.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
For more information, visit www.fws.gov