Maine Field Office - Ecological Services
Northeast Region
Map of the state of Maine, pictures of Scarborough Marsh (Credit: USFWS), Piping plover (Credit: USFWS), Canada lynx (Credit: USFWS), and sketch of New England and Eastern cottontail rabbits by Mark McCollough, USFWS.

All images credit USFWS; sketch of New England and Eastern cottontail rabbits credit Mark McCollough, USFWS

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Our goal here is to provide you with information about what your U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Ecological Services Maine Field Office
is doing for you and for the fish and wildlife in our area of responsibility, the State of Maine.

Our mission is to work with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants
and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

Maine hosts exceptional biodiversity due to a number of factors, including diverse geographic and geologic features located in a transition zone between boreal and temperate habitats and species assemblages. At 33,315 square miles, the State is nearly as large as the rest of the New England states combined.  Maine is over 90 percent forested (17.7 million acres) and is the most extensively forested State in the United States.  Over 94 percent of the State's forest lands (16.7 million acres) are privately owned.  The largest tracts of undeveloped forestland in the eastern United States are found in the western, northern, and eastern areas of the State.  Maine also contains some of the most significant grassland, barrens, and agricultural lands in the Northeast. The State covers a wide range of latitude (320 miles north to south), with natural communities and plants characteristic of southern Appalachia found in the south transitioning to boreal communities in the north and subarctic communities at the highest elevations.

News and Updates

JOINT STATEMENT: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continue coordination on storm mitigation project for Saco River and Camp Ellis Beach

March 20, 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers met in Falmouth, Maine, on Wednesday, March 19, to collaborate in finding solutions to meet the requirements of the Endangered Species Act, which, under section 7, directs federal agencies to aid in the conservation of endangered species and requires them to evaluate and minimize the effects of their actions on endangered species.

The agencies made exceptional progress toward the timely conclusion of this interagency cooperation, referred to as section 7 consultation under the ESA, and expect to conclude consultation quickly. The Corps will provide the Service with clarification on existing project information within the next few weeks, and both agencies commit to continuing this close coordination until the ESA consultation is concluded.

Based on the outcome of Wednesday's meeting, the Service is confident it will be able to concur with the Corps' determination that the project is not likely to adversely affect listed species, helping the Corps both to meet its obligations under the ESA and to complete its requirements for seeking project funding.

Agencies Collaborating on the Storm Mitigation Project for Saco River and Camp Ellis Beach

March 7, 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are working together to complete requirements under the Endangered Species Act for the Storm Mitigation Project for Saco River and Camp Ellis Beach.

As we typically do with these kinds of complex projects, we work closely together to minimize adverse effects to wildlife protected under the Endangered Species Act, including piping plovers and red knots.

We are confident that we can work collaboratively with the Corps to help them meet their responsibilities under the Endangered Species Act so that the project can move forward.

We continue to meet to discuss the details of the project so that we can move forward on our consultation.  This will help the Service provide the best scientific advice on how to minimize impacts to species.

This project is a high priority for the Service.

Endangered status proposed for northern long-eared bat

northern long-eared bat

October 18, 2013

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to list the northern long-eared bat as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Northeast populations of the bat, found across all 13 states in the region, have declined by 99 percent since symptoms of the disease white-nose syndrome were first observed in 2006. The Service also determined that the eastern small-footed bat, which has not shown drastic decline at winter hibernacula, does not warrant listing. Comments and information from the public are encouraged through Dec. 2, 2013. 

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Last updated: March 20, 2014
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