4/25/2016 Bird's Eye View of Conservation! The New York Field Office has been working to assess and restore habitat in the Rochester Embayment Area of Concern since 2010. See some of the habitat restoration work our staff has done in this great flyover video. More video and information is available on the USFWS Northeast Regional Blog.
3/15/2016 Comment period for the Great Thicket Land Protection Plan has been extended until April 3, 2016 Read the full press release here.
1/21/2016 Seeking public comment on proposed Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge The USFWS has proposed a brand new National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in the Northeast! The proposed Great Thicket NWR would focus on providing shrubland and young forest for species like the New England cottontail, American woodcock, and many others that rely on this habitat type.
We’re looking for comments from YOU on the draft land protection plan for Great Thicket. To see the full draft plan and learn more about the proposed refuge or how to submit comments, visit http://www.fws.gov/northeast/refuges/planning/lpp/greatthicketLPP.html
1/12/2016 Listing Salamanders as Injurious Due to Risk of Salamander Chytrid Fungus To help prevent a deadly fungus from killing native salamanders, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published an interim rule list 201 salamander species as injurious wildlife under the Lacey Act. The fungus Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans, also known as Bsal or salamander chytrid, is carried on the skin of various salamander species. Bsal has caused major die-offs of salamanders in Europe and poses an imminent threat to U.S. native salamander populations. The fungus is not yet known to be found in the United States, and to help ensure it remains that way, the Service is publishing an interim rule that will take effect on January 28, 2016. At that time, the importation and interstate transportation of the listed species will be prohibited. The rule also opens a 60-day public comment period (please see the rule in the Federal Register for instructions on how to submit a public comment).
News Release (pdf): “Service Lists 201 Salamander Species as Injurious to Help Keep Lethal Fungus Out of U.S." January 12, 2016
Interim Rule (pdf): in Federal Register on January 13, 2016
Please see the first page of the Interim Rule for instructions on how to submit public comments. The comment period ends on March 14, 2016.
Photo by T.B. Ryder, USFWS
4/4/2016 USFWS Seeks Information Concerning Bicknell’s Thrush This migratory songbird with summer breeding grounds in the high-elevation forests of New York and New England is currently being considered for listing under the Endangered Species Act. We are seeking the best available scientific and commercial information concerning the species’ biology, range, population trends, stressors/threats, as well as conservation needs for it and its habitat.
We would appreciate receiving any relevant information by May 1, 2016 submitted to the following address:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, New England Field Office, Attn: Bicknell’s Thrush, 70 Commercial Street, Suite 300, Concord, New Hampshire 03301
Questions can be directed to Tim Sullivan at our office: firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-753-9334.
3/7/2016 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Revises its Policy on Mitigating Impacts of Development to Further Conservation of the Nation’s Wildlife and their Habitats Read the official press release for more information.
3/1/2016 AmeriCorps Position Announcement! The New York Field Office is seeking a recent graduate to join our outreach team as a full-time communications specialist. Applications are due March 15th. See this position description (245 KB pdf) for more details.
1/14/2016 Northern Long-eared Bat Final 4(d) Rule The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a final rule today that uses flexibilities under section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to tailor protections to areas affected by white-nose syndrome during the bat’s most sensitive life stages. The rule is designed to protect the bat while minimizing regulatory requirements for landowners, land managers, government agencies, and others within the species’ range.
1/4/2016 Service Releases 2015 List of Candidates for Endangered Species Act Protection The Service today released the Candidate Notice of Review, a yearly status appraisal of plants and animals that are candidates for Endangered Species Act protection. Two species were removed from the list, and two changed in priority from the last review, conducted in December 2014, including the whitebark pine and Hirst Brothers' panic grass. There are now 60 species recognized by the Service as candidates for ESA protection.