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    Recovery plan for endangered Chucky madtom available

    September 19, 2018 | 3 minute readThe final recovery plan for the Chucky madtom, a federally listed endangered small catfish, is now available. The Chucky madtom lives in a single tributary of the Nolichucky River in East Tennessee. Threats to the species include loss of habitat, small population size, inability to offset mortality with natural reproduction, and their resulting vulnerability to natural or human-induced catastrophic events, such as droughts and pollution. This plan describes actions considered necessary for the recovery of this fish, establishes criteria for delisting the species, and estimates the time and cost for implementing the measures needed. Read the full story...

    Chucky madtom. Photo by J.R. Shute, Conservation Fisheries, Inc.

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    Notice of Availability of a draft environmental assessment for a proposed rule under section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act for the Louisiana pinesnake

    September 18, 2018 | 1 minute readComments Comments will be accepted until October 18, 2018. Addresses You may submit comments, or requests for or more information, by any of the following methods: Email: Lafayette@fws.gov. Include “Louisiana Pinesnake EA” in the subject line Fax: [ATTN: Joseph Ranson], 337-291-3139 U.S. Mail: 646 Cajundome Blvd, Suite 400, Lafayette, LA 70506 In-person drop-off, viewing, or pickup: Call 337-291-3100 to make an appointment (necessary for view/pickup only) during regular business hours at 646 Cajundome Blvd, Suite 400, Lafayette, LA, 70506 In person viewing: U. Read the full story...

    Louisiana pinesnake. Photo by Michael Sealy, USFWS.

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    Waters rise as storm crawls

    September 15, 2018 | 2 minute readTropical Storm Florence, no longer a hurricane, continues moving slowly across the Carolinas, dumping historic amounts of rainfall on areas already under water. After making landfall Friday morning on the North Carolina coast, the storm is now headed toward Columbia, South Carolina, said meteorologist Denver Ingram. He briefed officials Saturday with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), who have been monitoring the storm from the Service’s Atlanta regional offices. Read the full story...

    Hurricane Florence is pictured from the International Space Station as a category 1 storm as it was making landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Photo by NASA.

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    Storm weakens, wanders

    September 14, 2018 | 2 minute readHurricane Florence hit the coast of North Carolina Friday morning, weakening as it struck near Wilmington. But, even with its winds subsiding, the storm remained a threat to coastal areas in at least two states. Florence, once a Category 4 hurricane, is now Category 1, said Kevin Scasny, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) meteorologist. Though its winds, he said this morning, occasionally gusted to 90 mph. Even so, Scasny said in a telephone call with Service officials in Atlanta, the storm is a significant hazard — and will remain so for several days. Read the full story...

    Hurricane Florence from space on September 14, 2018. Photo by Ricky Arnold, NASA.

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    Florence being felt at Coastal Wildlife Refuges

    September 13, 2018 | 2 minute readHurricane Florence’s travel plans remain somewhat uncertain, even as it nears land with the promise of once-in-a-lifetime rainfall and flooding. The storm, now a Category 2 with winds hitting 110 mph, remains aimed at Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) meteorologist Kevin Scasny told Service officials in a conference call with the agency’s Southeast regional office in Atlanta. The hurricane should strike the coastal city Friday, he said, but outer bands are already being felt at coastal wildlife refuges. Read the full story...

    Hurricane Florence as seen from the International Space Station. Photo by NASA.

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    “Dramatic shift” in hurricane’s path

    September 12, 2018 | 3 minute readHurricane Florence now appears poised to make a “big, grand tour” of several Southeastern states and elsewhere in the United States before petering out next week. That’s the assessment from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) meteorologist Kevin Scasny, who’s been tracking the storm since it whirled into life last week. “Stand by for a change in the next two days,” Scasny said in a Wednesday morning call to the Service’s Southeast regional headquarters in Atlanta, where officials are preparing for the hurricane’s landfall on Friday. Read the full story...

    A high-definition video camera outside the space station captured stark and sobering views of Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm. The video was taken on Tuesday as Florence churned across the Atlantic in a west-northwesterly direction with winds of 130 miles per hour. Photo by ESA/NASA–A. Gerst.

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    Service prepares for Hurricane Florence impact in Carolinas

    September 11, 2018 | 2 minute readHurricane Florence has the Carolinas in her sights. The Category 4 storm, with winds of up to 130 miles per hour, is expected to hit the North Carolina coast north of Wilmington late Thursday night, bringing a storm surge of 4-12 feet, according to Kevin Scasny, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) meteorologist. Florence has the potential to cause “catastrophic damage,” Scasny said Tuesday morning on a planning conference call conducted by the Service. Read the full story...

    Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station. Photo by Astronaut Ricky Arnold, NASA.

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