Kentucky Ecological Services Field Station
Southeast Region
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Welcome to Kentucky Ecological Services Field Station

 

The Frankfort Field Office provides assistance to Federal and State agencies, local governments, businesses, and the general public relative to conserving, protecting, and restoring habitat for migratory birds and federally threatened and endangered species. Our assistance is typically provided through six programs: pre-development consultation, federal permits and projects, endangered species, environmental
contaminants, partners for fish and wildlife, and education/outreach.

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Endangered Status for the Northern Long-eared Bat: Listing Not Warranted for Eastern Small-footed Bat

Northern Long-eared Bat
Photo credit: Steve Taylor; University of Illinois

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to list the northern long-eared bat as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.  The Service also determined that the eastern small-footed bat does not warrant listing.
The northern long-eared bat is found across much of the eastern and north central United States, and all Canadian provinces from the Atlantic Ocean west to the southern Yukon Territory and eastern British Columbia.  

News Release (.pdf)

Proposed Rule (.pdf)

 

Service Finalizes Listing of Two Freshwater Mussels and Designation of Critical Habitat

slabside pearlymussel and fluted kidneyshell

photo credit: Brett Ostby

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is listing the fluted kidneyshell and the slabside pearlymussel as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  These two mussels are only found in portions of the Cumberland and Tennessee River systems of Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Virginia. 

News Release (.pdf)

Final Listing Rule (.pdf) Publishes on September 26, 2013

Final Critical Habitat Rule (.pdf) Publishes on September 26, 2013

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (.pdf)

Economic Analysis (.pdf)

Coordinates for Fluted Kidneyshell critical habitat stream segments (.pdf)

Coordinates for Slabside Pearlymussel critical habitat stream segments (.pdf)

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Endangered Species Act Protection and Critical Habitat Designation for Three Plants in the Southeast

short's bladderpod and whorled sunflower images

Short's bladderpod - photo credit: John MacGregor
 
Whorled Sunflower - photo credit: Alan Cressler

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list three plants as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.  At the same time, the Service also proposes to designate critical habitat for these species.  Those plants are Short’s bladderpod, whorled sunflower, and fleshy-fruit gladecress.  Collectively, these plants occur in Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, and Alabama.

News Release (.pdf)

Frequently Asked Questions (.pdf)

Proposed Listing Rule (.pdf)

Proposed Critical Habitat Rule (.pdf)

 

Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes to List Kentucky Glade Cress and Designate Critical Habitat

Kentucky Glade Cress

Credit: James Gruhala - USFWS

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to list the Kentucky glade cress as threatened throughout its narrow range under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The mustard plant is only found in Bullitt and Jefferson Counties, where the Service also is proposing to designate about 2,053 acres as the plant's critical habitat.

News Release (.pdf)

Fact Sheet (.pdf)

Proposed Rule - Listing(.pdf)

Proposed Rule - Critical Habitat (.pdf)

 

Learn About the USFWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in Kentucky

Grassland photo

Credit: Brent Harrel - USFWS

Approximately 94% of Kentucky is privately owned, and without conservation efforts on private lands, our trust resources would simply not recover.  Many private landowners in Kentucky want to restore and conserve habitats for fish and wildlife resources, but often lack the financial support and technical knowledge necessary to accomplish this task.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife program, along with its other conservation partners, helps to satisfy this need by conserving, protecting and restoring quality fish and wildlife habitat for federal trust species on private lands.

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White-nose syndrome in Bats:

 

Indiana Bat in Kentucky

The Indiana bat is a small bat with dark gray to blackish, brown fur, found across much of the eastern United States.  It is listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  It was first listed as a result of large numbers of Indiana bat deaths caused by human disturbance during hibernation. Read More

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last updated: October 23, 2013
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