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Tag: At Risk Species

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  • Mature trees form a canopy shading the river from the sun.

    Saving an endangered southern river

    March 22, 2017 | 6 minute readCrandall, Georgia – The Conasauga River courses through Jimmy Petty’s corn, bean and dairy farm near the Tennessee line. The Conasauga River flows through Jimmy Petty’s farm near Crandall, Ga. Photo by Dan Chapman, USFWS. Petty and his brothers own seven miles of riverfront, much of it covered one recent morning in bright green winter wheat, along both sides of the Conasauga. The mountains of the Chattahoochee National Forest offer a postcard-perfect backdrop. Learn more...

    Conasauga River shaded by trees. Photo by USFWS.

  • A red, semi-transluscent fish with catfish like whiskers in an aquarium.

    17 more fish, mussels, and other species don’t need the ESA’s protection

    February 8, 2017 | 3 minute readScientists recently proposed that 17 species including the Ouachita madtom, a whiskery fish found in Arkansas, be removed from a petition that had called for its protection under the Endangered Species Act. Learn more...

    Ouachita madtom. Photo by Conservation Fisheries.

  • Conserving imperiled aquatic species in the Upper Tennessee River Basin

    May 5, 2016 | 1 minute readA team of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service scientists, with assistance from U.S. Geological Survey, have developed a collaborative conservation strategy examining cost-effective approaches for efforts to conserve and manage 36 imperiled freshwater fish and mussel species in the 22,360 square-mile Upper Tennessee River Basin. The strategy identifies aquatic species conservation objectives and recommends a management approach for conserving and recovering prioritized species and locations across the basin. Learn more...


  • A close up photo of a semi translucent gray-silver crayfish walking on rocky substrate.

    Endangered Species Act Protection Not Needed for Four Southeastern Animals

    September 20, 2016 | 5 minute readThe Endangered Species Act allows anyone to request, or petition, the Service to add a plant or animal to the federal endangered species list. The Service was petitioned to place all four of these animals on the list, and all but the crayfish have been considered candidates for the threatened and endangered species list. The Service is in the midst of a multi-year work plan to address these species, and evaluating these animals is part of the scheduled 2016 workload. Learn more...

    Angular dwarf crayfish. Photo by Chris Lukhaup, USDA Forest Service.

  • Petition review of seven skinks found in the southeast

    January 15, 2016 | 4 minute readAny plant or animal that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been petitioned to list and protect under the Endangered Species Act is considered “at-risk.” Recognizing that conservation is only successful through partnerships, the Service leveraged the work of state wildlife agencies and a variety of other conservation partners to assess whether these species at-risk require protection under the Act. Since receipt of the 2010 petitions, 42 species do not need federal protection as a result of either conservation actions, additional information (e. Learn more...


  • A light orange salamander with a bright orange stripe

    Fish and Wildlife, the military and state of Florida boost conservation at Camp Blanding

    April 6, 2017 | 3 minute readThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service joined Florida conservation and military officials Thursday in a voluntary effort to keep the striped newt, gopher tortoise and 20 other at-risk species from being federally listed as endangered. Read the full story...

    Juvenile striped newt. Photo by FWC.

  • A close up photo of a semi translucent gray-silver crayfish walking on rocky substrate.

    Endangered Species Act protection not needed for four Southeastern animals

    September 20, 2016 | 4 minute readResponding to requests to add them to the federal threatened and endangered species list, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has concluded that the angular dwarf crayfish, Icebox Cave beetle, Clifton Cave beetle, and the Virgin Island coqui do not need such protection. “To receive Endangered Species Act protection, the species must be facing threats that would likely cause extinction or threaten existence in the foreseeable future,” said Cindy Dohner, the Service’s Southeast Regional Director. Read the full story...

    Angular dwarf crayfish. Photo by Chris Lukhaup, USDA Forest Service.

  • A small mouse white white belly and sand-colored back hides behind beach vegetation.

    Fish and Wildlife Service conducting five-year status reviews of 22 Southeastern species

    August 30, 2016 | 5 minute readThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct five-year status reviews of 15 endangered and seven threatened species occurring across the southeastern United States. The public is invited to provide information and comments concerning these species on or before October 31, 2016. These reviews will ensure listing classifications under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) reflect the latest available information and data. In addition to reviewing the classification of these species, a five-year review presents an opportunity to track the species’ recovery progress, and may benefit species by providing valuable information to guide future conservation efforts. Read the full story...

    Alabama beach mouse. Photo by USFWS.

  • A close up photo of a gray-silver salamander walking on a layer of wet moss.

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

    March 15, 2016 | 2 minute readToday 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...

    Cheoah bald salamander. Photo by Andy Kraemer, CC BY-NC 2.0.

  • A small amphibian with a striped back.

    Fish and Wildlife Service reviews petition for seven species found in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

    January 11, 2016 | 2 minute readWildlife experts in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continue to make steady progress in reviewing petitions seeking Endangered Species Act protection for nearly 500 southeastern species. Today, the agency announced a batch of “90-day findings,” the first benchmark in its assessment of whether plants or animals identified in a petition may require federal protection. Since receipt of the petitions in 2010 the Service has leveraged the strength of its conservation partnerships, particularly those with state wildlife agencies, to determine that 42 species do not need federal protection as a result of either conservation actions, additional information (e. Read the full story...

    Greater St. Croix skink (Spondylurus magnacruzae). Photo by A. J. Meier.

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