White-haired goldenrod, Daniel Boone National Forest in eastern Kentucky. Credit: Michael Floyd, USFWS
White-haired goldenrod, Daniel Boone National Forest in eastern Kentucky. Credit: Michael Floyd, USFWS

Service Proposes Delisting White-haired Goldenrod, Takes Positive Step with Partners on Behalf of Kentucky Arrow Darter

August 31, 2015
At a special event at Daniel Boone National Forest in eastern Kentucky, federal and state officials celebrated two conservation milestones for the state. Following decades of collaboration between federal and state agencies and non-profit organizations, the Service proposed removing the white-haired goldenrod – a plant unique to eastern Kentucky – from the Endangered Species Act (ESA) due to recovery.

Also signifying the level of proactive conservation the ESA is inspiring in Kentucky, the Service signed a Candidate Conservation Agreement with the Forest Service on behalf of the Kentucky arrow darter, a small fish found in headwater streams of the Daniel Boone National Forest.
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Ivory to be crushed in Bangkok, Thailand. Credit: U.S. State Department
Ivory to be crushed in Bangkok, Thailand. Credit: U.S. State Department

Service Commends Thailand’s Destruction of Illegal Ivory

August 26, 2015
The Service today commended the Royal Thai Government for its destruction of 2.1 tons of illegal ivory in Bangkok. The ivory crush builds on Thailand’s recent efforts to stem the illegal trade in ivory by listing African elephants as a protected species under Thai law and strengthening regulations governing the possession and trade of ivory and ivory products.
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Four-month-old California condor chick in wild, cliffside nest in southern California. Credit: USFWS
Four-month-old California condor chick in wild, cliffside nest in southern California. Credit: USFWS

Live-streaming Cameras Connect People to Rare California Condors Nesting in the Wild

August 26, 2015
People around the world have the unprecedented opportunity to observe nesting California condors and their young chicks in real time via two live-streaming webcams. Conservation partners are launching the cameras near the Service’s Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge in southern California and at the Ventana Wildlife Society’s Condor Sanctuary in Big Sur along the central California coast.
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