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Articles

  • A woman wearing a warm hat preparing to plant a tiny spruce tree seedling.

    Women lead the effort on Appalachian mountain-top forests

    May 24, 2018 | 8 minute readThe story of an ambitious effort to restore red spruce to the Southern Appalachians spearheaded by four women brought together by a commitment to the highest peaks east of the Mississippi River. Learn more...

    Sue Cameron plants a red spruce at Whigg Meadow in Tennessee. Photo by Garry Peeples, USFWS.

  • A mussel with fringe around its opening partially burried in the sand on the river bottom.

    Endangered mussel making a comeback in the French Broad River

    March 22, 2018 | 5 minute readAsheville, North Carolina — In 1834, a freshwater mussel collected near the convergence of the Swannanoa and French Broad Rivers was recognized as a new species – the Appalachian elktoe. Eighty years later, Carnegie Museum curator and University of Pittsburg professor Arnold Ortman couldn’t find any elktoes in the French Broad River, attributing his failure to polluted water. Biologists search for Appalachian elktoes in the Mills River. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS. Learn more...

    Appalachian elktoe in the Little River Translyvania County NC. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

  • Water cascades over the edge of a dam strewn with logs and debris

    To the sea

    December 15, 2017 | 3 minute readWho knows how long the great river ran unimpeded from the pine forests and hardwoods to the sea? Scientists can only estimate. But they can tell you when that great river resumed its restless push to the Atlantic Ocean: Nov. 22, 2017. On that day, the Milburnie Dam crumbled. It was the last structure impeding the Neuse River’s flow across eastern North Carolina to the mouth of the Pamlico Sound, 150 miles to the east. Learn more...

    The Milburnie Dam, just east of Raleigh, has been demolished. The Neuse River now flows, unimpeded, about 150 miles to the Pamlico Sound. It clears the way for migratory fish to spawn upstream. Photo by Mike Wicker, USFWS.

  • Bright red flowers emerge from a bog with a forest in the background.

    A unique mountain refuge protects endangered wetlands and the wildlife within

    August 24, 2017 | 8 minute readEast Flat Rock, North Carolina – It’s not much to look at really. Nothing about this all-too-familiar stretch of Southern blacktop indicates that a rare, beautiful and endangered flower thrives just beyond the railroad tracks. There’s a convenience store, a small engine repair shop, a few modest homes. General Electric makes lights at a factory up the road. Bat Fork Creek meanders nearby. Below the tracks, though, in an Appalachian mountain bog, bunched arrowheads rise from soggy ground. Learn more...

    Mountain sweet pitcher plant patch in Butt CPA. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

  • A small grey snail with a beige/white shell on top of a fallen leaf.

    Endangered snail not only survives forest fire, but is now found in places never before seen

    July 5, 2017 | 3 minute readAsheville, North Carolina - Wildlife biologists scaled the wall of the Nantahala Gorge on hands and knees - more climbing than hiking the steep terrain – searching for one of the rarest animals in the world in the wake of forest fires that burned through its habitat last winter. The noonday globe snail (Petera clarki nantahala) was placed on the federal endangered species list in 1978. The only place it was known to exist was a portion of the southern side of the Nantahala River Gorge, in North Carolina’s Swain County. Learn more...

    Noonday globe snail. Photo by J. Fridell, USFWS.

News

  • New regional director to head southeastern conservation efforts Fish and Wildlife Service

    December 10, 2018 | 2 minute readService 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...

  • A circular cloud pattern as seen from space.

    Florence being felt at Coastal Wildlife Refuges

    September 13, 2018 | 2 minute readHurricane Florence’s travel plans remain somewhat uncertain, even as it nears land with the promise of once-in-a-lifetime rainfall and flooding. The storm, now a Category 2 with winds hitting 110 mph, remains aimed at Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) meteorologist Kevin Scasny told Service officials in a conference call with the agency’s Southeast regional office in Atlanta. The hurricane should strike the coastal city Friday, he said, but outer bands are already being felt at coastal wildlife refuges. Read the full story...

    Hurricane Florence as seen from the International Space Station. Photo by NASA.

  • A spiny flower with thin, bright purple petals.

    2016 National and Regional Recovery Champions

    May 19, 2017 | 8 minute readOn Endangered Species Day, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region celebrates the contributions and achievements of our nationally recognized Recovery Champions and regionally recognized Recovery Champions. These dedicated individuals have devoted themselves to recovering endangered and threatened animals and plants, and the Service is grateful for their hard work. 2016 National Recovery Champions Chris Lucash, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Chris Lucash in the field monitoring for red wolves. Read the full story...

    Smooth Purple Coneflower, Echinacea laevigata. Photo by Suzanne Cadwell, CC BY-NC 2.0.

  • Three small black bear cubs yawning in unison.

    2017 Endangered Species Day Events

    May 19, 2017 | 3 minute readThe Service is helping out in many parts of the Southeast Region. Here are a few examples: Alabama In Daphne, Alabama, Service employees will be giving endangered species talks at local elementary schools with a focus on endangered species recovery and a live gopher tortoise for demonstration. Arkansas The Arkansas Ecological Services Field Office, in partnership with Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, hosted its eighth annual K-12 art contest focusing on endangered and threatened species found in Arkansas. Read the full story...

    Louisiana black bear cubs. Photo by Brad Young, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

  • Heavy equipment works away at a decrepit concrete dam.

    Cane river dam removal

    April 13, 2017 | 3 minute readIn the fall of 2016, the final piece of concrete was removed from the Cane River Dam, in North Carolina’s Yancey County, completing a process started eight years earlier. Built in the early 20th century, it’s hydropower generating house once provided all the electricity used in the county, but decades ago it was damaged, fell into disrepair, and has deteriorated ever since. The Cane River is home to the endangered Appalachian elktoe mussel, making it a priority area for U. Read the full story...

    Cane River dam removal in process.

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