U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is one of many partners
involved in endangered species recovery activities for Federally-listed species in New York State.
New York Field Office is involved in a variety of recovery activities,
both within and outside of the state. The Long Island sub-office
has the lead role in recovery
efforts on the Island.
participate in various recovery planning and implementation teams.
The Service strives to keep recovery plans up to date through
revisions or the creation of interim strategies. Our office has
assisted with the creation of the Karner
Blue Butterfly Recovery Plan and just released the Draft
Revised Recovery Plan for the Chittenango Ovate Amber Snail (Novisuccinea chittenangoensis) (COAS).
addition to creating and revising Federal recovery plans, the
New York Field Office has assisted other partners with their planning
efforts for Federally-listed species. For example, we have provided
recommendations to the Town of Queensbury on their potential Karner
Blue Butterfly Management Plan. We are also involved with the New
York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (NYSDEC) plans to develop a New York State Karner Blue Butterfly
are an important aspect of all listed species recovery strategies.
Our office is fortunate to work with numerous interested partners.
The NYSDEC and New York Natural Heritage Program are two essential
partners for the recovery of all listed species in New York State.
Some additional groups that we have been working with on recent
projects include the New
York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the State
University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Rosamond
Gifford Zoo, The
Nature Conservancy, and the Institute
for Ecosystem Studies.
our newest partnership effort involves Environmental
Defense, the NYSDEC, and the Natural
Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). We are all working
together to restore Bog turtle habitat in New York State.
Many Bog turtle sites are overgrown with invasive species
such as purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), reed
canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea), or phragmites
(Phragmites australis). Environmental Defense has
received funding through the National
Fish and Wildlife Foundation to hire a program coordinator
to work with private landowners to remove or minimize the
invasive plants. Many of the sites may qualify for habitat
restoration funding through NRCS conservation programs, such
as the Wetland Reserve Program or the Wildlife Habitat Incentive
Program. Possible restoration activities include the use of
cow, goat, and sheep grazing; biocontrol of purple loosestrife
with specific beetles or weevils; and limited herbicide application.
Our Partners for Fish and Wildlife program assists with various habitat restoration efforts for the
Karner blue butterfly and the bog turtle. They have also assisted
with the construction of bat gates for abandoned mines which serve
as winter hibernacula for the endangered Indiana bat (Myotis
Photo by C. Hawver
is a photo of habitat work being done with a Hydro-Ax. Our
partners program has cleared approximately 291 acres of vegetation
over the past seven years for the Albany
Pine Bush Commission. They have also assisted with clearing
projects on over 20 acres throughout the Saratoga region.
These efforts help prepare the area for seeding of native
grasses, forbs, and wildflowers, such as wild blue lupine.
Lupine is the only food source for Karner blue butterfly larvae.
also provide assistance to other organizations with their field
and research activities. For example, we have surveyed both hibernacula
and summer roosting habitats for Indiana bats, monitored COAS
populations, and have helped monitor Leedy’s roseroot (Rhodiola integrifolia ssp. leedyi (=Sedum integrifolium ssp. l.)).
office has provided funding for research and monitoring activities
involving Federally-listed, proposed, and/or candidate species.
For example, we have supported projects such as survey efforts
for the threatened bog turtle (Clemmys [=Glyptemys] muhlenbergii )
in Oswego County and monitoring for the endangered Karner blue
butterfly (Lycaides melissa samuelis) in Saratoga County
by The Nature Conservancy's Wilton
Wildlife Preserve and Park. We have also supported efforts
for species listed by the State of New York, such as surveys for
the frosted elfin (Incisalia irus), a rare butterfly.
Our office can assist States, Tribes, and other Federal and non-federal
partners with their applications for local, regional, and national
Service grants. We can also assist partners with locating non-Service
funding in some instances. For more information on the Service’s
available grants, please go to http://grants.fws.gov/
more information on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Recovery
Program, please go to http://endangered.fws.gov/recovery/index.html