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At-risk species

At-risk species are plants or animals that have either been proposed for listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA); are candidates for listing; or are species that have been petitioned for listing. The category also includes species undergoing an agency discretionary review. By working with private landowners, states, tribes, other federal agencies and non-governmental organizations, the Service has been able to conserve dozens of at-risk species and preclude the need to list them under the ESA through proactive conservation efforts.

    Program contacts for at-risk species in South Carolina

    Whitney Beisler, Fish and Wildlife Biologist
    whitney_beisler@fws.gov, (843) 727-4707 ext. 228
    Lead for eastern black rail (proposed for listing October 2018), golden-winged warbler, saltmarsh sparrow, and green salamander.

    Melissa Chaplin, Fish and Wildlife Biologist
    melissa_chaplin@fws.gov, (843) 727-4707 ext. 217
    Lead for black-capped petrel (proposed for listing October 2018).

    Christopher Hernandez, Fish and Wildlife Biologist
    christopher_hernandez@fws.gov, (843) 727-4707 ext. 213
    Lead for frosted elfin, monarch butterfly, Calvert’s emerald, Edmund’s snaketail, Margarita River cruiser (aka Mountain River skimmer), Septima’s clubtail, Smokies needlefly, and spotted turtle.

    Melanie Olds, Fish and Wildlife Biologist
    melanie_olds@fws.gov, (843) 727-4707 ext. 205
    Lead for gopher frog, Little River crayfish (aka Broad River spiny crayfish), mimic crayfish, Newberry burrowing crayfish (aka Saluda crayfish), gopher tortoise, Carolina pygmy sunfish, robust redhorse, Florida pine snake, and southern hognose snake.

    April Punsalan, Botanist
    april_punsalan@fws.gov, (843) 727-4707 ext. 218
    Lead for bog spicebush, Boykin’s lobelia, Carolina birds-in-a-nest, Carolina hemlock, ciliate-leaf tickseed, Georgia lead-plant, Godfrey’s stitchwort, Harper’s fimbristylis, mountain purple pitcher plant, Ocmulgee skullcap, purpledisk honeycombhead, Raven’s seedbox, ravine sedge (aka impressed nerve sedge), sun-facing coneflower, Venus flytrap, wireleaf dropseed, and yellow pond lily (aka Cape Fear spatterdock).

    Paula Sisson, Fish and Wildlife Biologist
    paula_sission@fws.gov, (843) 727-4707 ext. 226
    Lead for eastern diamondback rattlesnake.

    Morgan Wolf, Fish and Wildlife Biologist
    morgan_wolf@fws.gov, (843) 727-4707 ext. 219
    Lead for Chamberlain’s dwarf salamander, Atlantic pigtoe (proposed for listing October 2018), brook floater, tri-colored bat, and little brown bat.

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