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
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.