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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...
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...
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...
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...
February 15, 2015 | 2 minute read
LITTLE ROCK, AR - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are seeking information on the shooting of a bald eagle that was found on Arkansas Highway 10 in Pulaski County. The Humane Society of the United States, The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, the AGFC and the USFWS are offering a reward of up to $7,500 for information leading to a conviction of the person or persons responsible. Read the full story...
Migratory bird conservation commission waterfowl, approves $28 million to conserve shorebirds and other species in 16 states
November 14, 2014 | 3 minute read
The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission today approved $28 million in funding for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners to purchase, lease, restore or otherwise conserve more than 128,000 acres of wetland habitats for ducks, bitterns, sandpipers and other birds in the United States. In the Southeast, projects in Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina received a combined total of $9,861,731 in federal funds and another $20,888,399 in matching funds from non-federal organizations and agencies. Read the full story...
Service tables proposal to expand the acquisition boundary of Dale Bumpers White River National Wildlife Refuge
September 30, 2014 | 1 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has tabled planning efforts on its proposal to expand the acquisition boundary of Dale Bumpers White River National Wildlife Refuge in central Arkansas. “After careful consideration, we will not pursue a major boundary expansion at this time because we are focusing our future acquisition efforts in Arkansas at Cache River and Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuges,” said David Viker, Southeast Regional Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Read the full story...
September 22, 2014 | 5 minute read
The Atlantic salt marsh snake and the frosted flatwoods salamander are among 27 federally protected species that will be getting a check-up. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is launching five-year status reviews of 17 endangered species and 10 threatened species occurring in one or more of the 10 states across the Southeast Region and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The Service is seeking comments and information from the public on all 27 species by November 24, 2014, 60 days from publication in the Federal Register. Read the full story...
May 19, 2014 | 5 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct five-year status reviews of 25 endangered and eight threatened species occurring in one or more of the 10 states in the Southeast and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The public is invited to provide written information and comments concerning these species on or before May 27, 2014. These five-year reviews will ensure listing classifications under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) are accurate. Read the full story...
Service reopens comment period on proposed designation of Critical Habitat for neosho mucket and rabbitsfoot
May 13, 2014 | 5 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday will reopen the public comment period for 60 days on the proposed designations of critical habitat for the Neosho mucket and Rabbitsfoot under the Endangered Species Act. Both species are freshwater mussels found in river systems in the eastern half of the United States. To provide the public an opportunity to learn more about the proposal designations, ask questions and submit their comments in person, the Service will hold two public meetings in early June in Arkansas during the comment period. Read the full story...