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  • A tiny white flower bloom amongst green large leaves.
    Information icon Palo de rosa in bloom; Photo credit – Omar Monsegur, USFWS.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes to Reclassify Palo de Rosa from Endangered to Threatened

    July 13, 2021 | 4 minute read

    Thanks to successful efforts by local and federal partners, the palo de rosa tree is on the path to recovery. The evergreen tree whose Spanish name describes its pink-colored wood, located in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, has shown substantial improvements since it was listed as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1990. Based on a review of the best available scientific and commercial information, the U.  Read the full story...

  • Tiny yellow fish with brown speckling.
    Information icon Pearl darter. Photo credit: M. Wagner, USFWS.

    Service Proposes Critical Habitat for Threatened Pearl Darter in Mississippi

    July 12, 2021 | 5 minute read

    Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to designate critical habitat for the pearl darter, a small fish native to the Pascagoula River system of Mississippi and the Pearl River system of Mississippi and Louisiana. Pearl darters continue to survive in the Pascagoula River system but have not been seen in the Pearl River system for more than 40 years. “The protection of the pearl darter in 2017 under the Endangered Species Act paved the way for us to work together with our conservation partners in Mississippi on recovering the species,” said Leopoldo Miranda-Castro, the Service’s Regional Director.  Read the full story...

  • Draft Recovery Plan for Agave eggersiana

    July 7, 2021 | 1 minute read

    We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the availability of the draft recovery plan for the Agave eggersiana, a plant listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. We request review and comment on this draft recovery plan from local, State, and Federal agencies; nongovernmental organizations; and the public. We must receive comments by by September 7, 2021. Obtaining documents: You may obtain a copy of the plan by contacting Maritza Vargas, by mail at U.  Read the full story...

  • A lone red wolf, head down, walks along the edge of a field at Alligator River NWR
    Information icon Red wolves once were found across much of the Southeastern United States. Today, about 20 live at Alligator River and Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuges. Photo by USFWS.

    Each one, much too important to lose

    July 1, 2021 | 7 minute read

    Update to original story Those words echoing again with news of yet two more roadway fatalities. More red wolves taken too soon. On the heels of the death of red wolf 2216, two more wolves are now victims of roadway deaths this year. Four red wolves no longer part of the pack. Recently released from an acclimation pen at Alligator River NWR, red wolves 2236, a male from the Wolf Conservation Center in New York, and 2310, a female from the Endangered Wolf Center in Missouri, were killed earlier this week.  Read the full story...

  • Dark brown, black shell mussel on a red cloth with a measuring scale
    Information icon Suwanee moccasinshell by MyFWC.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Designates Critical Habitat for Freshwater Mussel in Georgia and Florida

    June 30, 2021 | 3 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today designated critical habitat for the Suwannee moccasinshell, a freshwater mussel protected as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) since 2016. The Service is also finalizing an economic analysis that assesses the potential impact of the Suwannee moccasinshell’s critical habitat designation on various sectors of the economy. The Service received no substantive comments during the public comment period, and there are no changes to the proposed units as published on November 27, 2019.  Read the full story...

  • A patch of yellow wildflowers.
    Information icon Florida golden aster. Photo credit B. J. Maynard

    Florida Golden Aster Proposed for Delisting Thanks to Three Decades of Conservation Efforts

    June 23, 2021 | 3 minute read

    When the Florida golden aster was listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1986, there were only nine known populations in Hillsborough County, Florida. Following the plant’s listing, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners embarked on a series of conservation initiatives to protect and recover the golden aster. Today, less than 35 years after this plant was listed, there are now 30 populations, spread across five counties—primarily east and southeast of the Tampa Bay area in west central Florida.  Read the full story...

  • Purple wildlfowers in an open field, with power lines in the distance.
    Information icon Smooth coneflower habitat. Photo credit: Caroline S. Krom, USFWS.

    Service Proposes Downlisting Smooth Coneflower From Endangered to Threatened Under Endangered Species Act

    June 23, 2021 | 5 minute read

    Following a thorough scientific review, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is proposing to downlist the smooth coneflower from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). A 4(d) rule that tailors protections while allowing activities that do not hinder its recovery is also being proposed. The proposal represents a significant recovery milestone for the plant following years of ESA-inspired partnerships across its range in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.  Read the full story...

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