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 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:

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.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is responsible for working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

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

October 28, 2015: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, on behalf of the Department of Interior, as the sole natural resource trustee, announces the release of the Final 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 proposed 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.

FWS issued the Draft Restoration Plan Addendum for public review on August 4, 2015 and accepted public comments through September 6, 2015. The notice of availability was published in the Lewistown Sentinel, the Hanover Evening Sun, and on the FWS Pennsylvania Field Office website. No comments were received.

Final Restoration Plan Addendum for Jacks Creek Superfund Site and Keystone Sanitation Landfill Superfund Site (PDF - 10.83MB)

Eastern massasauga proposed as threatened under Endangered Species Act

Eastern massasauga
In the Northeast, eastern massasaugas are found in New York and Pennsylvania.
Credit: Mike Redmer/USFWS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to list the eastern massasauga rattlesnake as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The rattlesnake, which has been a candidate for listing since 1999, has declined over the past decades as its wetland habitat has disappeared and as people have intentionally killed it. More than 30 percent of the historical populations are now extirpated and many more (20 percent) are of uncertain status.

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Last updated: October 28, 2015
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