Special Status Species
Special status species include any species which is listed, or proposed for listing, as threatened or endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or National Marine Fisheries Service under the provisions of the Endangered Species Act; any species designated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a "listed," "candidate," "sensitive" or "species of concern," and any species which is listed by the State in a category implying potential danger of extinction. There are approximately 500 animal and 750 plant species that are listed as threatened or endangered in the United States. Some of these species occur on USACE projects. Special status species and/or their habitats that occur on USACE water resource development projects shall be protected and conserved in accordance with the Endangered Species Act and with state statutes. Recovery plans prepared by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service shall be followed, to the extent practical, in an effort to protect and conserve federally listed species or their critical habitat on Corps-administered lands and waters. The USACE shall cooperate in the management of state-listed and protected species where feasible. Use the FAQ and inventory links on this page to develop a list of potential special status species.