Island marble butterfly draft recovery plan accepting comments

Posted June 16, 2022 at 4:44 pm by

Pho­to cred­it: Karen Rea­gan, USFWS

San Juan Island Nation­al His­toric Park shares news about a fed­er­al plan to help the vul­ner­a­ble island mar­ble butterfly.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice has announced the avail­abil­i­ty of a draft recov­ery plan for the island mar­ble but­ter­fly and a 60-day pub­lic com­ment period.

The island mar­ble but­ter­fly, a beau­ti­ful, medi­um-sized, white but­ter­fly with green ‘mar­bling’ on its wings, was his­tor­i­cal­ly known from south­ern Van­cou­ver Island and the Gulf Islands of Cana­da. It went unde­tect­ed for 90 years until being redis­cov­ered in 1998 on San Juan Island, Washington.

Cur­rent­ly, the only remain­ing known pop­u­la­tion is in the Amer­i­can Camp Unit of San Juan Island Nation­al His­tor­i­cal Park. Despite sub­se­quent ongo­ing con­ser­va­tion efforts, such as cap­tive rear­ing and habi­tat pro­tec­tion, the but­ter­fly is in dan­ger of extinc­tion. The small pop­u­la­tion size of the but­ter­fly makes it espe­cial­ly vul­ner­a­ble to threats, includ­ing habi­tat loss and predation.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice uses a range of con­ser­va­tion tools to recov­er threat­ened and endan­gered species. A recov­ery plan pro­vides guid­ance on how best to help list­ed species achieve recov­ery and is not a reg­u­la­to­ry doc­u­ment. The draft recov­ery plan and sup­port­ing doc­u­ments are avail­able online.

To ensure con­sid­er­a­tion, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice must receive writ­ten com­ments by Mon­day, Aug. 8. Inter­est­ed per­sons can sub­mit com­ments on the draft doc­u­ment in writ­ing by U.S mail or email:

  • U.S. mail: Tara Call­away, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice, 500 Desmond Dr. SE, Lacey, Wash­ing­ton 98503
  • Email: WFWO_LR@fws.gov. Please include Draft Island Mar­ble But­ter­fly Recov­ery Plan Com­ments in the sub­ject line.

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