Pennsylvania Field Office News
Endangered status proposed for northern long-eared bat
October 18, 2013
This northern long-eared bat has visible symptoms of white-nose synrdome.
Credit: University of Illinois/Steve Taylor
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.
Service estimates economic impacts of critical habitat designation for rabbitsfoot mussel
May 8, 2013
Rabbitsfoot Mussel. Credit: Dick Biggins/USFWS
UPDATE 9/16/2013: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed the rabbitsfoot mussel as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The comment period for the draft economic analysis remains open until October 28. Learn more
UPDATE 8/26/2013: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service re-opened the public comment period on the draft economic analysis for the proposed designation of critical habitat for the rabbitsfoot mussel. Learn more
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has analyzed the economic impacts of designating critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act for the rabbitsfoot freshwater mussel in Pennsylvania and 11 other states. The agency invites public comment on the draft economic analysis, which shows that across all 12 states, administrative costs to federal and state agencies could be $4.4 to $5.9 million over a span of 20 years; some of that cost may be incurred by local governments and businesses. In 2012, the Service identified just over 120 river miles in Crawford, Erie, Mercer and Venango counties in Pennsylvania as essential to the conservation of the rabbitsfoot mussel. The designation of critical habitat will help ensure that federal agencies and the public are aware of the mussels' habitat needs and proper consultation is conducted by federal agencies when required by law. A critical habitat designation does not set up a preserve or refuge and only applies to situations where federal funding or a federal permit is involved.
2012 press release
Critical habitat proposal, economic analysis