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Public comment to be reopened on proposed Critical Habitat for two federally protected mussel species
May 6, 2014 | 3 minute read
LITTLE ROCK, AR – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced the Service will reopen the public comment in the near future on the proposed critical habitat and draft economic analysis for two federally protected mussel species found in 13 states, including Arkansas. Ashe made the announcement today in Little Rock at a roundtable discussion on the Service’s proposed critical habitat for the federally threatened rabbitsfoot mussel and the federally endangered Neosho mucket. Read the full story...
April 18, 2014 | 2 minute read
Senator Dale Bumpers. Public domain license. St. Charles, Arkansas – At a ceremony this afternoon, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will officially rename the White River National Wildlife Refuge to the Dale Bumpers White River National Wildlife Refugee in a ceremony honoring the former Arkansas Governor and four-term U.S. Senator. Congress voted to rename the refuge after Bumpers in January of this year. Read the full story...
December 20, 2013 | 5 minute read
“A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood.” Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder. When you hear the word “classroom,” what image comes to mind? Is it a room lined with rows of desks, posters of famous authors on the walls and a chalkboard at the center of the room? Read the full story...
November 19, 2013 | 3 minute read
An unprecedented 10-year-study by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) shows encouraging results for frogs and toads on national wildlife refuges. The study, published today in the peer-reviewed online journal PLOS ONE, finds that on average, less than 2 percent of frogs and toads sampled on 152 refuges had physical abnormalities involving the skeleton and eyes – a lower rate than many experts feared based on earlier reports. This indicates that the severe malformations such as missing or extra limbs repeatedly reported in the media during the mid-1990s were actually very rare on national wildlife refuges. Read the full story...
May 14, 2013 | 3 minute read
In the highest parts of Arkansas’ Ozarks, the slow-moving Magazine Mountain shagreen snail won the race to become the first invertebrate to be delisted under the Endangered Species Act. “Today we are excited to announce that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is delisting the Magazine Mountain shagreen,” said Cindy Dohner, Southeast Regional Director. “The recovery of this species was made possible through collaborative efforts of our partners at the U. Read the full story...
Service estimates economic impacts and releases draft environmental assessment of Critical Habitat designation for neosho mucket and rabbitsfoot
May 8, 2013 | 4 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is releasing the estimated cost and economic impacts and draft environmental assessment of the proposed critical habitat designation of two freshwater mussels, and is seeking public comment. Last year, the Service proposed to list the Neosho mucket as endangered, and the rabbitsfoot as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service also proposed to designate critical habitat for these two mussels in 43 critical habitat units encompassing 2,138 river miles of stream channel in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. Read the full story...
October 15, 2012 | 3 minute read
After reviewing and incorporating information from the public and the scientific community, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today identified approximately 228 river miles and 29 acres of critical habitat in, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama; and Arkansas, that contain aquatic habitat essential to the conservation of the Cumberland darter, rush darter, yellowcheek darter, Chucky madtom, and laurel dace, five species of fish protected by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The critical habitat designation includes areas in McCreary and Whitley counties, Kentucky; Campbell, Scott, Bledsoe, Rhea, Sequatchie, and Greene counties, Tennessee; Etowah, Jefferson, and Winston counties, Alabama; and Cleburne, Searcy, Stone, and Van Buren counties, Arkansas. Read the full story...
October 15, 2012 | 6 minute read
Current evidence suggests that the Neosho mucket mussel is in danger of becoming extinct and the rabbitsfoot mussel may become threatened with extinction in the foreseeable future, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today. As a result, the Service has proposed to protect the species under the Endangered Species Act, and is seeking new information from the public and the scientific community that will assist the agency in making a final determination. Read the full story...
April 20, 2012 | 4 minute read
Morehouse Parish, Louisiana – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and The Conservation Fund announced today the completion of a multi-year project to add nearly 4,000 acres of mixed farmland and timberland to Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in northeastern Louisiana. This action secures the largest remaining inholding for the Refuge, enabling more effective management of the area for wildlife habitat and public recreation. Located along the Ouachita River at the Louisiana-Arkansas border, the Upper Ouachita NWR provides a seasonal haven for tens of thousands of migratory ducks and geese, including mallards, pintails, wood ducks and snow geese, which visit the refuge every year for resting, foraging and breeding. Read the full story...
February 10, 2012 | 3 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces a public information meeting to share information and answer questions about a proposal to designate critical habitat for the endangered yellowcheek darter. The public information meeting will be held at the Petit Jean Electric Cooperative, 270 Quality Drive, in Clinton, Arkansas on February 22, 2012, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Biologists will be available during the informational meeting to discuss the August 9, 2011, listing action taken last August and the critical habitat proposal released in October. Read the full story...