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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Tables Proposal to Expand the Acquisition Boundary of Dale Bumpers White River National Wildlife Refuge

September 30, 2014

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Cypress trees at Dale Bumpers White River National Wildlife Refuge. Photo: Ray Paterra.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has tabled planning efforts on its proposal to expand the acquisition boundary of Dale Bumpers White River National Wildlife Refuge in central Arkansas.

“After careful consideration, we will not pursue a major boundary expansion at this time because we are focusing our future acquisition efforts in Arkansas at Cache River and Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuges,” said David Viker, Southeast Regional Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System. “We will devote the efforts of our talented staff on continuing to manage important habitat for hundreds of thousands of waterfowl and other wildlife for the enjoyment of the American people.”

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Fish and Wildlife Service Conducts Five-Year Status Reviews of 27 Southeastern Species

September 22, 2014

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A reticulated flatwoods salamander larvae. Photo: Kevin Enge, FWC.

The Atlantic salt marsh snake and the frosted flatwoods salamander are among 27 federally protected species that will be getting a check-up.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is launching five-year status reviews of 17 endangered species and 10 threatened species occurring in one or more of the 10 states across the Southeast Region and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The Service is seeking comments and information from the public on all 27 species by November 24, 2014, 60 days from publication in the Federal Register.

The reviews will ensure listing classifications under the Endangered Species Act are accurate and reflect the best available information. In addition to reviewing the classification of each one, a five-year review presents an opportunity to track the species’ recovery progress. It may benefit species by providing valuable information to guide future conservation efforts. Information gathered during a review can assist in making funding decisions, consideration related to reclassifying species status, conducting interagency consultations, making permitting decisions, and determining whether to update recovery plans, and other actions under the ESA.

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National Wildlife Refuge Week is October 12-18, 2014

Passage of Senate Resolution Commemorates the Occasion!

September 19, 2014

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Pine lily at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. Photo: Jennifer Hinckley, USFWS.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites America to celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week (October 12-18, 2014) with a visit to a national wildlife refuge. While you are enjoying the fishing or hiking or just the tranquility, learn how wildlife refuges conserve your wildlife heritage and enrich your life.

National wildlife refuges help conserve wildlife, protect against erosion and flooding, and purify our air and water. They also support regional economies, teach children about nature, and offer protected places to be outdoors. Find a refuge near you:

“National wildlife refuges include some of America’s most treasured places, from the coastal islands of Maine to the deserts of the Southwest to Alaskan mountain ranges,” said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. “National Wildlife Refuge Week is a perfect time to discover everything that refuges have to offer.”

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Conservation Efforts Help Keep Georgia Aster off Endangered Species List

September 17, 2014

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A map of Georgia aster distribution. Credit: Gary Peeples, USFWS.

Asheville, N.C. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced that Georgia aster does not require federal protection under the Endangered Species Act, a decision reflecting years of conservation work by myriad partners.

Georgia aster is a wide-ranging, but rare, purple-flowering plant found in the upper Piedmont and lower mountain regions of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The plant has been a candidate for the federal endangered species list since 1999.

“Today’s decision is a great step forward in our southeastern strategy to conserve as many at-risk plants and animals as possible, before they need federal protection,” said the Service’s Southeast Regional Director Cindy Dohner. “The Georgia aster is thriving thanks to the proactive conservation efforts of many partners.”

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