Recovery Plan Ad Hoc Report results

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Plan Title Plan Stage Plan Lead Region (FWS) Plan Lead Office (FWS) Species Common Name Species Scientific Name Action Priority Action Number Action Description Action Status Estimated Initiation Date Estimated Completion Date Action Lead Agencies Responsible Parties Work Types Labor Types Comments Implementation Activity Number Implementation Activity Description Implementation Activity Status Implementation Activity Estimated Initiation Date Implementation Activity Estimated Completion Date Implementation Activity Labor Types Implementation Activity Work Types Implementation Activity Responsible Parties Implementation Activity Comments Implementation Activity Species
Spruce-Fir Moss Spider F 4 Asheville Ecological Services Field Office (828) 258-3939 Spruce-fir moss spider Microhexura montivaga 1 1.1 Enforce laws protecting the species and its habitat Ongoing Current FY 1995 - FY 1999 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, State Conservation Agencies, Federal Agencies Other: Regulations Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Field Assistance This task is continuous and will be necessary and cannot be completed until species is recovered/delisted
Spruce-Fir Moss Spider F 4 Asheville Ecological Services Field Office (828) 258-3939 Spruce-fir moss spider Microhexura montivaga 1 1.2 Conduct life history research. Partially Complete FY 1995 - FY 1999 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, State Conservation Agencies Research: Population Surveys, Research: Habitat Status, Research: Habitat Requirements, Research: Demographic Studies, Research: Predation Species Expert, Contract Some information on reproduction and growth has been collected however, there are numerous aspects of the species' life history that remain to be studied.
Spruce-Fir Moss Spider F 4 Asheville Ecological Services Field Office (828) 258-3939 Spruce-fir moss spider Microhexura montivaga 1 1.3 Characterize the species habitat requirements Partially Complete FY 2007 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Contract Research: Habitat Requirements Graduate Student, Species Expert, Internal Field Assistance Information on habitat and microhabitat (including forest types, substrate and brophytes where species found) have been collected across the species known range; still need detailed information on additional biotic and abiotic conditions of occupied habitat; study by Western Carolina University examining microclimate within moss mats using ibuttons was completed in 2014 (Seaborn and Catley 2016) ; USFWS also deploying HOBO dataloggers to collect additional data on microhabitat and deployed ibuttons fall 2018 in Black Mtns; 8/18 - VA Tech collected soil moisture data in moss matts and mapped rock outcrops in some massifs while working on moss reattachement project (see recovery action 6)
Spruce-Fir Moss Spider F 4 Asheville Ecological Services Field Office (828) 258-3939 Spruce-fir moss spider Microhexura montivaga 1 3 Develop artificial holding and propagation techniques Discontinued FY 1995 - FY 1999 FY 1995 - FY 1999 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Contract Management: Propagation, Research: Propagation Volunteer Efforts to artificially hold and propagate the species have been unsuccessful and have been discontinued until a larger donor population is found/established.
Spruce-Fir Moss Spider F 4 Asheville Ecological Services Field Office (828) 258-3939 Spruce-fir moss spider Microhexura montivaga 2 1.5 Determine number of individuals required to maintain viable population Ongoing Current FY 2000 - FY 2004 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Contract Research: Genetics Contract Studies of non-lethal means of gathering necessary genetic information for determining genetic health of populations are underway (initial efforts were unsuccessful but new techniques were initiated in 2009); genetic analysis of collected material completed in 2014 (Hedin et al. 2015) and answered questions of about genetic diversity among and within mountain massifs; additional genetics work needed to complete this task
Spruce-Fir Moss Spider F 4 Asheville Ecological Services Field Office (828) 258-3939 Spruce-fir moss spider Microhexura montivaga 2 2 Search for additional populations and suitable habitat for reintroduction Ongoing Current FY 2007 FY 2009 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, State Conservation Agencies, Contract , Federal Agencies Research: Population Surveys, Research: Demographic Studies Volunteer, Graduate Student, Species Expert, Contract surveys for additional populations and potential habitat for reintroduction have been conducted in 1997-1998 and in the GSMNP 2001 - 2004, and were initiated again in 2007-2009; surveys completed in 2009 identified new occurrences of the species in the Black Mountains, Plott Balsam Mountains, and Virginia Balsam Mountains; additional surveys conducted by VANHP in six counties in VA in 2010/2011 failed to detect the spider
Spruce-Fir Moss Spider F 4 Asheville Ecological Services Field Office (828) 258-3939 Spruce-fir moss spider Microhexura montivaga 2 4 Develop techniques and reintroduce species back into historic habitat and, if needed, augment existing populations. Not Started U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Contract Research: Genetics Contract genetic analysis outlined in 1.5 and completed in 2014 will contribute to this recovery action
Spruce-Fir Moss Spider F 4 Asheville Ecological Services Field Office (828) 258-3939 Spruce-fir moss spider Microhexura montivaga 2 5 Develop and utilize cryopreservation techniques. Not Started U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Contract Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected
Spruce-Fir Moss Spider F 4 Asheville Ecological Services Field Office (828) 258-3939 Spruce-fir moss spider Microhexura montivaga 2 6 Develop and implement a monitoring program Ongoing Current FY 2008 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, State Conservation Agencies, Federal Agencies Management: General, Research: General Labor type not yet selected conducted as funding and availability of qualified personnel allow; latest population and habitat evaluation study was initiated in 2007 and completed in 2009; in 2015, The Asheville FO provided funding for Mark Ford and Cordie Diggins at Virginia Tech to investigate the effects of surveying and habitat characteristics on occupancy of the spider. Data collected will help with the development of a monitoring plan and will also assist with recovery actions 1.3 and 2; 8/18 - Virginia Tech study completed
Spruce-Fir Moss Spider F 4 Asheville Ecological Services Field Office (828) 258-3939 Spruce-fir moss spider Microhexura montivaga 3 7 Annually assess recovery program and modify program and plan where required Ongoing Current FY 2008 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, State Conservation Agencies, Federal Agencies Management: General Labor type not yet selected Conducted yearly; 5-year review initiated in 2010; information sharing/coordination meeting held 2/2012