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Threatened & Endangered Species

Bloom of the endangered Agave eggersiana plant (courtesy of US Fish & Wildlife Service).The National Environment Policy Act (NEPA) enacted on January 1, 1970 requires Federal agencies to be accountable to the public for the environmental impacts of their actions. The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) promulgated regulations that require NRCS and other Federal agencies to follow a systematic process when a Federal action is proposed. Federally-listed threatened and endangered species (T&E species), as well as Territorial rare, T&E species and species of concern, fall in one of several categories NRCS must evaluate for impacts. To meet the requirements of NEPA and NRCS policy, NRCS planners conduct an Environmental Evaluation to determine the potential effects of alternative solutions to resource problems for all planning activities and document the results of the evaluation on form NRCS-CPA-52 (Environmental Evaluation Worksheet), including the appropriate finding.

The Endangered Species Act of 1973 was enacted to conserve the ecosystems that threatened and endangered species depend on and provides a program for their protection and recovery. The Act directs federal agencies to employ their authorities in furthering the purposes of the Act and to ensure their actions do not jeopardize listed species or adversely modify their critical habitat.

NRCS works with landowners, tribes and state and federal agencies restoring, improving or creating habitat for threatened and endangered species. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service establishes listings of plants and animals that require protection by the federal government.

Threatened & endangered species: Puerto Rican parrot, Puerto Rican sharp-shinned hawk, Puerto Rican nightjar, Elfin woods warbler and Puerto Rican boa.State and federal listings of threatened and endangered plant species in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are available on the NRCS PLANTS database.

The following links and publications provide details on specific Threatened & Endangered Species in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands:Endangered Elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata, Photo by W. Jaap, NOAA Fisheries).