Executive Summary

The eastern indigo snake,¬†Drymarchon corais couperi, is a threatened species found in parts of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina. Its current recovery plan was written in 1982, at a time when collecting by enthusiasts was deemed the greatest threat to the species. The threat landscape of even a decade ago is much different, with development–residential and commercial–posing the greatest risk to the species. That is, the current recovery plan for the indigo snake is woefully out of date. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is currently working on a revision of the plan using the newly adopted Recovery Planning and Implementation framework. The Center for Conservation Innovation at Defenders of Wildlife is collaborating with FWS to implement the new plan here, in a web-based format. The new recovery plan is not yet drafted, but when it is you will be able to find the Species Status Assessment, the static and publicly reviewed¬†Recovery Plan, and the Recovery Implementation Schedule here.

 

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