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  • A pinkish green flower petal growing off of a mossy covered surface
    Information icon *Lepanthes eltoroensis*. Photo © O Monsegur.

    Proposal to remove Lepanthes eltoroensis from the Federal List of Threatened and Endangered Plants

    March 9, 2020 | 6 minute read

    What is Lepanthes eltoroensis? Lepanthes eltoroensis is an orchid that measures no more than 4 centimeters long with a single leaf and three to seven slender stems. Found only in El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico, it grows on moss-covered tree trunks. The orchid is found only within the cloud forest, where important habitat components seem to be elevation, adequate moisture, open gaps in the canopy, and the presence of moss.  Learn more...

  • A patterned black and gray snake blends in to the strewn, dark pine needles on the forest floor.
    Information icon Louisiana pinesnake. Photo by Michael Sealy, USFWS.

    Louisiana pinesnake final 4(d) rule

    February 26, 2020 | 6 minute read

    What action is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) taking? The Service is finalizing a rule under section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for the Louisiana pinesnake, a reptile from Louisiana and Texas. This rule will reduce regulatory burdens while providing for the pinesnake‚Äôs conservation. What is a Louisiana pinesnake and where can they be found? Reaching up to about five feet long, Louisiana pinesnakes are non-venomous and secretive in nature, spending much of their time underground in burrows of its pocket gopher prey  Learn more...

  • A jet black snake with opaque white belly coiled up in the grass.
    Information icon Black pinesnake. Photo by Jim Lee, The Nature Conservancy.

    Black pinesnake final Critical Habitat designation

    February 25, 2020 | 6 minute read

    What action is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service taking? The Service is finalizing designation of critical habitat for the black pinesnake, which is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). What is the black pinesnake and where is it found? The black pinesnake is a large, nonvenomous snake, one of three subspecies of pinesnakes in the southeastern United States. These snakes are typically all black and may reach up to six feet in length.  Learn more...

  • A leafy green vine like plant growing on a rock face.
    Information icon Florida bristle fern. Photo by Keith Bradley.

    Florida bristle fern proposed Critical Habitat

    February 21, 2020 | 6 minute read

    Why is critical habitat proposed for the Florida bristle fern? The Endangered Species Act (ESA) requires the Service to designate critical habitat for listed species if prudent and determinable. The Florida bristle fern was listed as endangered under the ESA in October 2015. Based on the best available science, the Service has determined that critical habitat is both prudent and determinable for the Florida bristle fern. There are two known metapopulations (a metapopulation consists of a group of geographically separated populations of the same species that interact at some level): one in South Florida (Miami-Dade County) and one in Central Florida (Sumter County).  Learn more...

  • A group of about a dozen small triangular shellfish in shallow water.
    Information icon Yellow lance in the Tar River in North Carolina. Photo by Sarah McRae, USFWS.

    Proposed critical habitat and draft economic analysis for yellow lance mussel

    February 5, 2020 | 8 minute read

    What action is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service taking? The Service is proposing to designate 319 river miles of critical habitat for the yellow lance mussel in 11 units within Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina. What is critical habitat? Critical habitat is defined by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as the specific geographic areas that contain features essential to the conservation of an endangered or threatened species and that may require special management and protection.  Learn more...

  • A brown mussel in a sandy river bottom
    Information icon Suwannee moccasinshell in its natural habitat. Photo by FWC.

    Suwannee moccasinshell Critical Habitat

    November 26, 2019 | 9 minute read

    What action is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service taking? The Service is proposing to designate critical habitat for the Suwannee moccasinshell under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). What is the range of the Suwannee moccasinshell? The Suwannee moccasinshell, a small freshwater mussel, was historically present throughout much of the Suwannee River Basin; including the Suwannee River main stem in Florida, Santa River sub-basin in Florida, and the Withlacoochee River in Florida and Georgia.  Learn more...

  • Two outstretched hands holding a light red colored crayfish by the claws
    Information icon Nashville crayfish. Photo by Phil Kloer, USFWS.

    Proposed delisting of Nashville crayfish

    November 25, 2019 | 4 minute read

    What action is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service taking? The Service is proposing to delist the Nashville crayfish. This determination is based on the best available scientific and commercial data, which indicate that the threats to the species have been eliminated or reduced to the point that the species has recovered and no longer meets the definition of an endangered or a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  Learn more...

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