Shane Jones 304-636-6586 x15, Diane Lynch 413-253-8628, Diana Weaver 413-253-8329
See photos http://www.fws.gov/northeast/images.html
"Our review of the status of the flying squirrel clearly portrays a story of survival, resilience and the benefits of Endangered Species Act protection," Moriarty said.
The regulatory requirements of the act undoubtedly provided protection to the
"The cooperative conservation efforts led largely by the Monongahela National Forest and natural regeneration of the spruce forest ecosystem were essential ingredients in the squirrel's resurgence," Jones said.
The Endangered Species Act requires periodic assessment of all protected species to verify the continuing need for protection. The Service's review of the flying squirrel's status involved examining all existing scientific and commercial information about the species.
The small, nocturnal flying squirrel lives in the Allegheny highlands of
The flying squirrel review document is on the Internet at http://www.fws.gov/northeast/pdf/flysqrev.pdf Hard copies are available upon request from the Service's West Virginia Field Office, phone 304-636-6586.
For additional information about the flying squirrel, see http://www.fws.gov/northeast/pdf/flyingsq.pdf Information about the Service's endangered species program may be found at http://www.fws.gov/endangered
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