This is the web site of the Oklahoma Ecological Services
Field Office. Use the links to the left or at the bottom to
browse the sections of this and related sites. Below are some
news and updates regarding the activities of this office.
American Burying Beetle Oil and Gas Industry Conservation Plan for Oklahoma
The Federal Register notice and associated information can be found here
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the availability of a draft environmental assessment (EA), under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), that evaluates the impacts of, and alternatives to the proposed Oil and Gas Industry Conservation Plan (ICP) for incidental take of the federally listed American burying beetle resulting from activities associated with geophysical exploration, development, extraction, or transport of crude oil, natural gas, and/or other petroleum products, and maintenance, operation, repair, and decommissioning of oil and gas pipelines and well field infrastructure. The proposed ICP Planning Area consists of 45 counties in Oklahoma. Individual oil and gas companies would apply for Endangered Species Act (ESA) permits for incidental take associated with activities covered in the ICP and agree to comply with the terms and conditions of the ICP.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Lists Two Freshwater Mussels, Neosho Mucket (as Endangered)
and Rabbitsfoot (as Threatened)
The Federal Register listing is located here
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is listing the Neosho
mucket as endangered and the Rabbitsfoot as threatened under
the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Both species are freshwater
mussels found in river systems in the eastern half of the
The Neosho mucket has been eliminated from about 62 percent
of its historic range with only nine of 16 historic populations
remaining. Only one of these populations is known to be reproducing.
The Neosho mucket is currently found in Arkansas, Kansas,
Oklahoma, and Missouri.
The Rabbitsfoot has disappeared from about 64 percent of
its historic range. While 51 of the 140 historic populations
remain, only 11 populations (22 percent of its existing populations
or eight percent of the historic populations) are viable;
23 populations (45 percent of the existing populations) are
at risk of elimination; and 17 populations (33 percent of
the current populations) show limited reproduction with little
evidence of sustainability. The Rabbitsfoot is currently found
in Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana,
Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania,
and Tennessee. The Rabbitsfoot is no longer found in Georgia
and West Virginia.
The complete news release can be found here