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Comment Period on Proposal
to List Northern Long-eared Bat as Endangered
November 18, 2014
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening the public comment period on a proposal to list the northern long-eared bat as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Comments will be accepted through Dec. 18, 2014.
The Service is reopening the comment period to alert the public to additional information provided by state conservation agencies within the range of the species. The Service will consider this information, and all information received previously, while determining whether the northern long-eared bat warrants listing under the Endangered Species Act. Reopening of the comment period will allow the public to provide comments on the proposed rule in light of that additional information. A final decision on the proposal is due on April 2, 2015.
September 11, 2014: Service Hosts White-nose Syndrome Conference
June 24, 2014: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Six-Month Extension for Decision to List the Northern Long-eared Bat as Endangered
May 15, 2014: May 16 is National Endangered Species Day
Earth Day 2014!
Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and learn ways to make a better planet for fish, wildlife and their habitat.
Since 1970, Earth Day has been observed around the globe each spring as a day to raise environmental awareness and involve citizens and communities in creating a cleaner, healthier world.
While climate change is perhaps the greatest ecological challenge of our time, Earth Day reminds us that we all can take steps to help protect the environment, which touches the human spirit, contributes to human health and well-being and promotes a healthy economy.
April 3, 2014: Service reopens comment period on proposal to protect red knot under Endangered species Act: shorebird flies up to 18,600 miles a year on 20-inch wingspan
Designing Towards Restoring High Quality Habitat in Degraded "Areas of Concern"
January 9, 2014
The St. Louis River is the largest U.S. tributary to Lake Superior, and while supporting a major Great Lakes port, has been the site of 100 years of industrialization and urban development. The lower 21 miles consists of a 12,000-acre estuary providing important wetland, sand beach, forested, and aquatic habitat types for a wide variety of fish and wildlife communities. The lower portion of the St. Louis River and surrounding watershed was designated an Area of Concern in 1989 due to the presence of chemical contaminants, poor water quality, reduced fish and wildlife populations and habitat loss. The Environmental Contaminants program at the Twin Cities Ecological Services Field Office has been an active partner within the lower St. Louis River conservation community for more than 15 years, assisting Area of Concern recovery efforts through investigations of chemical effects, advising on contaminated sediment remediation, spill contingency planning, assessing natural resource damages, and supporting a variety of other fish and wildlife habitat projects.