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NLEB PNDI UPDATE

 As of May 4, 2015, the northern long-eared bat listing determination of threatened and the interim 4(d) rule is effective. More information on the listing of this species and the interim 4d rule can be found at: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/mammals/nleb/index.html

Known northern long-eared bat hibernacula are now included in the Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory (PNDI) database with buffer protections consistent with the 4(d) rule.   Additional northern long-eared bat occurrence data is being added to the system with an anticipated completion date of July 2015. Although the PNDI screening is not entirely complete at this time, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service species effect determinations delivered through PNDI for northern long-eared bat are valid if run after May 4, 2015. If your PNDI receipt indicates that there is no conflict with resources under U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service jurisdiction, but you believe that your project may affect northern long-eared bat, you can submit your project information to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pennsylvania Field Office for a project-specific review.

For more information about existing permits and authorizations from the U.S. Corps of Engineers or the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, please see the Corps of Engineer's public notice.


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Notice of Availability, Draft Restoration Plan Addendum for Jacks Creek Superfund Site and Keystone Sanitation Landfill Superfund Site

August 4, 2015: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, on behalf of the Department of Interior, as the sole natural resource trustee, announces the release for public review of the Draft Restoration Plan Addendum for the “Jacks Creek Superfund Site Final Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment” (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2000) and to the “Keystone Sanitation Landfill Superfund Site Final Restoration Plan” (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2007). Due to the release of hazardous materials at Jacks Creek/Sitkin Smelting Superfund Site and Keystone Sanitation Landfill Superfund Site, migratory bird habitat, such as upland forests and wetlands, were destroyed or injured by contamination. The restoration projects originally selected to compensate for natural resource damages at the two Superfund sites were successfully implemented for less than the projected cost, and a combined total of $59,825 remains for additional restoration projects. Since the natural resource claims for both Sites were injuries to migratory birds and their habitat, the Service proposes to combine the funds for an additional project that will benefit the injured resources. This addendum describes the proposed additional project to create and enhance wetland habitat at three adjacent properties in Mifflin County that are under permanent conservation easement.

Written comments regarding the Draft Restoration Plan Addendum must be submitted on or before September 6, 2015. Submit comments to: Wingyi Kung, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pennsylvania Field Office, 110 Radnor Rd, Suite 101, State College, PA or by email: wingyi_kung@fws.gov

Draft Restoration Plan Addendum for Jacks Creek Superfund Site and Keystone Sanitation Landfill Superfund Site (PDF - 9.40MB)


Fish and Wildlife Service Designates Critical Habitat for Two Freshwater Mussels in 12 States

Neosho Mucket
Neosho mucket uses a minnow lure to
attract a host fish (bass) for its larvae.
Credit: Chris Barnhart/Missouri State University

April 29, 2015: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized critical habitat designations for the Neosho mucket and rabbitsfoot mussels in rivers of 12 states under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

The final designations are smaller than those proposed nearly three years ago, and include a significant change to what the Service proposed in Arkansas for the rabbitsfoot, reducing the designation there by 27 percent. The final critical habitat designations in Arkansas affect less than two percent of the state’s total perennial stream miles as defined by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality.

The Service altered the critical habitat designations after receiving new relevant information from a number of people and organizations including the Association of Arkansas Counties. The final designations result in a net reduction of about two river miles for Neosho mucket and 217 river miles for rabbitsfoot. Both species of freshwater mussels are found in river systems in the eastern half of the United States and are indicators of clean water and healthy rivers. Today’s decision finalizes a proposal released in 2012 and includes the final economic analysis associated with the critical habitat designations.

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Last updated: August 4, 2015
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