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Three Mississippi Men Charged After Louisiana Black Bear Killed

August 14, 2014

A Louisiana black bear in a lush landscape

Louisiana black bear. Photo: Gary M. Stolz, USFWS. Download.

Jackson, Miss – Travis Butler, 28, of Meridian, Chester Brad Williams, 49, of Meridian, and David Lucas Wimberly, 34, of Quitman, have been indicted for their involvement in the killing of a Louisiana Black Bear in Lauderdale County, Mississippi, and their subsequent obstruction of the investigation into that killing, U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis announced today. The Louisiana Black Blear is a protected species under the Endangered Species Act.

According to the indictment, on January 4, 2014, Butler caused another person to kill the bear. He and Williams then took the bear to Wimberly’s taxidermy to be mounted. When federal and state wildlife officers began their investigation into the killing on February 6, 2014, Butler, Williams and Wimberly destroyed evidence of their actions.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Offers Online Information Sessions On Proposal to List Northern Long-eared Bat as Endangered

August 13, 2014

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A northern long-eared bat. Photo: Steven Thomas, National Park Service.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold three public information webcasts in August to provide information and answer questions about our proposal to list the northern long-eared bat as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Webcasts will be Tuesday, August 19, at 1 p.m. Eastern; Wednesday, August 20, at 4 p.m. Eastern; and Thursday, August 21, at 7 p.m. Eastern.

People can join the 1-hour information sessions by calling a toll-free number and joining a web conference to view a presentation and participate in a facilitated question-and-answer session.

To participate: Log on to to view a Service presentation about the northern long-eared bat.

To listen to the presentation and ask questions, call toll-free 1-800-369-1692. Enter passcode 2549152# to join the call.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Lists the Florida Leafwing and Bartram’s Scrub-Hairstreak Butterflies as Endangered, and Designates Critical Habitat

August 11, 2014

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Bartram's scrub-hairstreak. Photo: Holly Salvato.

VERO BEACH, FL. - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is listing the Bartram’s scrub-hairstreak and Florida leafwing butterflies as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). At the same time, the Service is designating critical habitat for both butterflies, which are only found in South Florida.

The Bartram’s scrub-hairstreak was historically locally common within pine rocklands on the Florida mainland and the Florida Keys in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, while only sporadically occurring as strays in Collier, Palm Beach, Martin, and Broward Counties. The current range of the Bartram’s scrub-hairstreak includes Big Pine Key, including the National Key Deer Refuge in Monroe County, and Everglades National Park in Miami Dade County, as well as locally within conservation lands adjacent to Everglades National Park.

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Service Protects Three Plants Under Endangered Species Act

August 1, 2014

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Short's bladderpod. Photo: John MacGregor, KYDFWR.

Three rare plants found in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee are now protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This protection becomes final on September 2, 2014, 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. The plants, which are listed as endangered, are the fleshy-fruit gladecress, whorled sunflower, and Short’s bladderpod.

Short’s bladderpod is found in Posey County, Indiana; Clark, Franklin, and Woodford Counties Kentucky; and Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Jackson, Montgomery, Smith, and Trousdale Counties. Tennessee. The whorled sunflower is found in Floyd County, Georgia; Cherokee County, Alabama, and Madison and McNairy Counties, Tennessee. The fleshy-fruit gladecress is found in Lawrence and Morgan Counties, Alabama.

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NFWF Announces $3.38 Million in Grants to Further Restore Longleaf Ecosystem

America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative Celebrates Five Years of Success

July 22, 2014

A small, flat gray fish with black stripes

Well-managed longleaf pine. Photo: Randy Browning, USFWS.

Washington, DC—The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced $3.38 million in grants to further restore the longleaf pine ecosystem as part of a five-year anniversary celebration for America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative (ALRI). Fifteen projects across eight states have been selected to receive this funding for projects that will ultimately restore more than 11,800 acres and enhance over 116,000 additional acres of longleaf pine habitat, while leveraging over $3.8 million in additional funds from grant partners.

The grants are administered by NFWF’s Longleaf Stewardship Fund, a landmark public-private partnership supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Department of Defense (DoD), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and private funding from Southern Company and International Paper’s Forestland Stewards Initiative. The fund, in its third year, combines the financial and technical resources of the partnership members to support accelerated restoration of the longleaf pine ecosystem and implementation of ALRI’s Range-wide Conservation Plan for Longleaf Pine.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Provides $5.6 Million in Grants to 12 States for Conservation Projects

South Carolina Receives Funding in partnerships with North Carolina, Georgia and Florida

July 17, 2014

A small, flat gray fish with black stripes

One of the projects funded in South Carolina will use a DNA-monitoring tool for blackbanded sunfish. Photo: Brian Gratwicke.

Imperiled species will benefit from a total of $5.6 million in grants for 16 projects in 12 states through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s competitive State Wildlife Grants program. The grants, which focus on large-scale conservation projects yielding measurable results, will be matched by more than $2.9 million in non-federal funds from states and their partners for projects that work to conserve and recover wildlife identified by states as Species of Greatest Conservation Need and their habitats. The 12 states receiving grants are: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Carolina and Washington.

“State Wildlife Grants help keep sensitive species from declining further,” said Hannibal Bolton, the Service’s Assistant Director for Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration. “In Arizona, for example, the program has helped protect the black-tailed prairie dog by funding the development and testing of a treatment for sylvatic plague, a major source of mortality for the species. These prairie dogs serve as prey for other rare species of birds and mammals, so protecting them helps the Service and states successfully maintain the integrity of western grassland ecosystems.”

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Service Awards $16.6 Million in Grants to Support Recreational Boating and Clean Water in 21 States

Southeast Region Gets $4.9 Million

July 16, 2014

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A boat at Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge. Photo: Garry Tucker, USFWS.

A total of $16.6 million in grants will be awarded to 21 states under the Clean Vessel Act (CVA) program, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today. In the Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, and South Carolina each received Funding.

Since the first CVA awards were made in 1993, the Service has awarded more than $200 million to states to fund construction, replacement, renovation and maintenance of facilities that assist recreational boaters in properly disposing of on-board septic waste. The program also provides information and education about the importance, benefits and availability of pump-outs.

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