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  • A gopher tortoise walking through an open pine habitat.
    Information icon Gopher tortoise. Photo by FWC.

    Service, Department of Defense adopt credit strategy for Southeast installations benefiting gopher tortoise and other species

    March 24, 2017 | 2 minute read

    Tifton, Ga. – A first-in- the-nation conservation plan, crafted by the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state wildlife agencies in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, protects at-risk gopher tortoises here while helping military bases to continue training and testing missions across the tortoise’s Southern turf.  Read the full story...

  • A patterned black and gray snake blends in to the strewn, dark pine needles on the forest floor.
    Louisiana pinsnake, one of the rarest snake species in the world. Photo by USFWS.

    Louisiana pinesnake proposed to be added as threatened under the Endangered Species Act

    October 5, 2016 | 4 minute read

    The Louisiana pinesnake, a large, non-venomous snake now found only in isolated areas of Louisiana and Texas, is being proposed for listing as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). At the same time, the Service is seeking ideas and comments on activities that should be considered for inclusion in an upcoming list of activities that would be exempted from any impacts of this proposed action under the ESA’s Section 4d.  Read the full story...

  • A small, long fish with dark spots and a long dorsal fin in an aquarium.
    Pearl darter. Photo by Conservation Fisheries, Inc.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to list pearl darter as threatened

    September 20, 2016 | 4 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined the pearl darter is likely to be at risk of becoming endangered within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range. Therefore, the Service proposes to add this small, snub-nosed fish to the list of protected wildlife as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). At the same time, the Service has concluded that critical habitat cannot be determined because additional information is needed to complete the required analyses of potential impacts from a proposed designation.  Read the full story...

  • Tall stems extending from the forest floor give way to bright white dangling flowers.
    White fringeless orchid. Photo by USFWS.

    Southeastern orchid placed on federal threatened and endangered species list

    September 13, 2016 | 5 minute read

    Cookeville, Tennessee – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is adding the white fringeless orchid to the federal list of threatened and endangered species, as a threatened species to protect and conserve the rare plant. While the orchid is found in six Southern states – Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and Mississippi - populations are small, isolated, and face a wide array of threats across their range. Because of the threat of collection, the Service is not designating critical habitat for this plant.  Read the full story...

  • Two birds on a grassy plain.
    Male greater sage-grouse struts for female. Photo by Jeannie Stafford, USFS.

    Service creates ESA listing workplan to provide predictability and encourage proactive conservation of imperiled wildlife

    September 1, 2016 | 4 minute read

    As part of its ongoing efforts to improve the effectiveness and implementation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and provide the best possible conservation for our nation’s imperiled wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released today its National Listing Workplan for addressing ESA listing and critical habitat decisions over the next seven years. This announcement comes as Service biologists wrap up work on a previous list of more than 250 species that had been identified as candidates for protection under the ESA.  Read the full story...

  • A small mouse white white belly and sand-colored back hides behind beach vegetation.
    Information icon Alabama beach mouse. Photo by USFWS.

    Fish and Wildlife Service conducting five-year status reviews of 22 Southeastern species

    August 30, 2016 | 5 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct five-year status reviews of 15 endangered and seven threatened species occurring across the southeastern United States. The public is invited to provide information and comments concerning these species on or before October 31, 2016. These reviews will ensure listing classifications under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) reflect the latest available information and data. In addition to reviewing the classification of these species, a five-year review presents an opportunity to track the species’ recovery progress, and may benefit species by providing valuable information to guide future conservation efforts.  Read the full story...

  • TWo biologists on a beach wearing gloves photograph and document a dead sea gull.
    Information icon A USFWS biologist documents the GPS coordinates for a dead gull found in Gulfport, Mississippi, during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Photo by Bonnie Strawser, USFWS.

    Deepwater Horizon oil spill killed as many as 102,000 birds across 93 species

    June 1, 2016 | 5 minute read

    In order to hold those responsible for an oil spill accountable for injury and death of wildlife biologists estimate the total number of animals killed, which can be a difficult process.  Read the full story...

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