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February 4, 2019 | 2 minute read
Washington, D.C. — The National Wildlife Refuge Association has named Eric S. Johnson as our 2019 National Wildlife Refuge System Employee of the Year. Mr. Johnson is an Administrative Forester at the Central Arkansas National Wildlife Refuge Complex (NWRC) in Arkansas and has created first of their kind habitat management plans that will be used as a blueprint throughout the National Wildlife Refuge System. “Mr. Johnson goes above and beyond to provide the Arkansas National Wildlife Refuge Complex with valuable knowledge and technical experience to assist with conservation concerns,” said Geoffrey Haskett, President of the National Wildlife Refuge Association. Learn more...
October 26, 2018 | 6 minute read
Atlanta, Georgia — Two Louisiana men, who plead guilty to smuggling diseased white-tailed deer into Mississippi, were recently sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay $140,000 in fees and fines. The punishment sent an unmistakable message that law enforcement and conservation agencies take very seriously the threat chronic-wasting disease (CWD) poses to the South’s deer and deer-hunting industry. Their fears are well-founded. A sickly white-tail tested positive for CWD near Tupelo in early October. Learn more...
October 5, 2018 | 12 minute read
What action is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service taking? The Service is proposing to protect the eastern black rail, a small secretive marsh bird native to the United States, as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Partially migratory, the eastern black rail is known in as many as 36 states, plus multiple territories and countries in the Caribbean and Central and South America. It is one of four subspecies of black rail, which live in salt, brackish, and freshwater marshes. Learn more...
April 11, 2019 | 6 minute read
As part of the process mandated by the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct five-year status reviews of 36 endangered or threatened fish, wildlife, and plants. They are found in the Southeastern United States and Puerto Rico. The public is invited to provide information and comments concerning these species on or before June 10, 2019. These five-year reviews will ensure listing classifications under the ESA are accurate, and recommend changes in status where appropriate based on the latest science and analysis. Read the full story...
Thanks to conservation partnerships, two southeastern fish and a snail do not warrant Endangered Species Act protection
April 3, 2019 | 4 minute read
Following extensive scientific reviews, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that three southeastern animals do not face the threat of extinction now or in the foreseeable future. Accordingly, the ashy darter, Barrens darter and Arkansas mudalia snail do not warrant Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection. For each animal, the Service brought together a team of biologists who compiled and examined all known data and research. Their peer-reviewed findings are outlined in species status assessments (SSAs), made available today. Read the full story...
December 18, 2018 | 2 minute read
Following rigorous, science-based surveys, the Ozark pyrg, a small snail native to Arkansas and Missouri, is presumed extinct, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. No Ozark pyrgs have been confirmed in surveys since their first discovery in 1915. As a result of today’s finding, the pyrg will not be listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The spiral-shaped Ozark pyrg was originally found more than 100 years ago in the White River near Cotter, Arkansas, and in the North Fork White River near Norfork, Arkansas, extending into Missouri. Read the full story...
December 10, 2018 | 2 minute read
Service officials announced late last month that Leopoldo “Leo” Miranda will head the Service’s Southeast Region. The tract encompasses 10 southeastern states as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Read the full story...
October 5, 2018 | 5 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners are working to protect a small, secretive marsh bird that is in steep decline. Some populations of the eastern black rail along the Atlantic coast have dropped by as much as 90 percent, and with a relatively small total population remaining across the eastern United States, the Service is proposing to list the subspecies as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Read the full story...
Secretary Zinke expands hunting and fishing opportunities at 30 of America’s National Wildlife Refuges
September 7, 2018 | 6 minute read
Washington, DC — Continuing his efforts to increase access to public lands, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke will open more than 251,000 acres to new or expanded hunting and fishing opportunities at 30 national wildlife refuges across the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System. This will now bring the number of units where the public may hunt to 377, and the number where fishing is permitted to 312. Read the full story...
August 16, 2018 | 2 minute read
The Neosho mucket is a freshwater mussel that grows up to five inches long, which is large for a mussel, and is found in river basins in Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. It was listed as an endangered species in 2013 under the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has been working closely with private landowners and communities, state and federal agencies, universities, and conservation institutes, to survey for individuals and protect and restore the mussel’s habitat. Read the full story...