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  • Wetlands with lots of tress and plants.
    Bayou DeView in Spring Bloom. Photo by Eric S. Johnson, USFWS.

    Cache River National Wildlife Refuge adds lands for wildlife conservation

    May 4, 2016 | 3 minute read

    The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service is improving wildlife habitat conservation capacity at Cache River National Wildlife Refuge by acquiring lands from willing landowners. This will benefit wintering waterfowl, migratory birds and other native fish and wildlife, and also increase opportunities for public access. This year the Service was awarded $1.391 million from the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund and $1 million from North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA). These funds enabled the Service to purchase 978 acres of habitat in Prairie and Monroe Counties, Arkansas to be incorporated into the refuge.  Read the full story...

  • Flooded bottomland hardwoods swamp.
    Swamp in fall. Photo by Eric S. Johnson, USFWS.

    New for 2016-17, all permit sales will be conducted online

    April 25, 2016 | 1 minute read

    In order to improve customer service to hunters, streamline operations, and reduce administrative costs associated with refuge hunt programs, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the start of online hunt permit sales for quota deer hunting on Bald Knob, Cache River, Holla Bend and Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuges. We will no longer accept money orders, applications or permit requests through the mail. An active link will be provided on our refuge website by June 1st.  Read the full story...

  • A close up photo of a gray-silver salamander walking on a layer of wet moss.
    Information icon Cheoah bald salamander. Photo by Andy Kraemer, CC BY-NC 2.0.

    Four Southeastern species do not require federal protection, two others under further review

    March 15, 2016 | 2 minute read

    Today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a batch of 90-day findings affecting a variety of species across the nation. Biologists have determined the following species found in the southeastern United States do not require further review for federal protection at this time: Cheoah bald salamander in North Carolina Monito skink in Puerto Rico Southern dusky salamander in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and possibly South Carolina South Mountain gray-cheeked salamander in North Carolina.  Read the full story...

  • A black white and orange snake with red eyes coiled on fallen leaves.
    Short-tailed snake. Photo by FWC.

    Fish and Wildlife Service seeks more information on five species

    September 17, 2015 | 3 minute read

    Today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) published a batch of 90-day findings in response to a variety of petitions to protect 25 species under the Endangered Species Act. Six of those species are found in the Southeast, and the petition for one species, the Cahaba pebblesnail, was found to be not substantial. The snail will not be given further consideration for federal protection at this time. Petitions for five species, including the blue calamintha bee, Florida pine snake, regal fritillary, rusty patched bumblebee and the short-tailed snake, were found to be substantial.  Read the full story...

  • Three mussels in hand with identification numbers
    Winged mapleleaf mussels tagged for monitoring purposes can be found in the Saline river in Arkansas. Photo by Sarah Sorenson, USFWS.

    Fish and Wildlife Service announces $37.2 million in grants to boost state endangered species conservation efforts

    August 13, 2015 | 8 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced $37.2 million in grants to 20 states to support conservation planning and acquisition of vital habitat for threatened and endangered species across the nation. The grants, awarded through the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund, will benefit numerous species, ranging from the Cahaba shiner to the red-cockaded woodpecker. Five southeasterm states received a combined total of $4,112,981 in grants - - Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, North Carolina, and Tennessee.  Read the full story...

  • A dark colored salamander with white spots on its stomach and sides.
    Caddo Mountain salamander. Photo by Aposematic herpetologist, CC-BY-NC 2.0.

    Federal wildlife officials respond to a petition to list dozens of species under the Endangered Species Act

    June 30, 2015 | 3 minute read

    In response to a 2012 petition claiming 53 reptiles and amphibians require federal protection under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today published a batch of 90-day findings affecting 15 species of frogs, salamanders, snakes, skinks and crayfish found in the Southeast. Five petitioned species will not be given further consideration for federal protection at this time, and 10 species have triggered a deeper scientific review.  Read the full story...

  • Six people wearing life preservers on a boat.
    People enjoying a boat. Photo by Greg Workman, FWC.

    Service awards more than $16 million to support clean waters and recreational boating through clean vessel act grants

    May 13, 2015 | 5 minute read

    America’s waterways provide critical wildlife habitat, drinking water for Americans across the country, and recreational opportunities to millions. To advance both purposes, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today more than $16.2 million in funding to 27 states under the Clean Vessel Act (CVA) grant program. In the Southeast Region, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee will benefit from coastal and inland projects with $3,689,478 in grant funding.  Read the full story...

  • A mussel with brownish outer shell and a glossy white inner shell that resembles a baked potato.
    Information icon Threatened rabbitsfoot mussel. Photo by Bob Butler, USFWS.

    Fish and Wildlife Service designates Critical Habitat for two freshwater mussels in 12 states

    April 29, 2015 | 5 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized critical habitat designations for the Neosho mucket and rabbitsfoot mussels in rivers of 12 states under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The final designations are smaller than those proposed nearly three years ago, and include a significant change to what the Service proposed in Arkansas for the rabbitsfoot, reducing the designation there by 27 percent. The final critical habitat designations in Arkansas affect less than two percent of the state’s total perennial stream miles as defined by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality.  Read the full story...

  • Entrance sign at the hatchery.
    Information icon Norfork National Fish Hatchery. Photo by Jon Casey.

    Norfork National Fish Hatchery begins project to replace raceway drain lines

    March 4, 2015 | 3 minute read

    Norfork National Fish Hatchery, near Mountain Home, Arkansas, will begin replacing the hatchery’s drain lines to reduce erosion, but will remain open to the public during that time. The first phase of the project starts around March 18, and will take four or five months to complete “Norfork National Fish Hatchery raises about 450,000 pounds of rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout annually which help turn the waters of Arkansas and surrounding states into a trout angler’s paradise,” says Jon Casey, hatchery manager.  Read the full story...

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