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August 9, 2017 | 4 minute read
There’s a stillness that only nature can provide, and the flowing stream is a peaceful break from the sounds of city life. “We’re here to show folks that there’s life in Proctor Creek. That even in urban settings there is nature and wildlife that needs protecting,” Johnson said. Learn more...
March 1, 2016 | 3 minute read
The state of Alabama is No. 3 in the nation in total number of threatened and endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The staff of the Alabama field office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) works to conserve these species. In 2014, the field office’s workload got even bigger. Due to litigation and petitions from the Center for Biological Diversity under the ESA, the Service’s Southeast Region was ordered to evaluate more than 400 species and determine whether or not they need federal protection. Learn more...
October 5, 2018 | 5 minute read
What action is being proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service? As a result of the completion of a Species Status Assessment (SSA) and 12-month finding, the Service is proposing to list the slenderclaw crayfish as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) with a 4(d) rule and designate critical habitat. An SSA is an in-depth review of the species’ biology and threats, an evaluation of its biological status, and an assessment of the resources and conditions needed to maintain long-term viability. Learn more...
April 6, 2016 | 7 minute read
Following a review of the best available science, peer review and public comment, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has protected the Guyandotte River crayfish as endangered and the Big Sandy crayfish as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. What are the ranges of the Guyandotte River and Big Sandy crayfish? Occurrence data, historical habitat characteristics, and information from species experts indicate that the Big Sandy crayfish’s historical range likely included streams throughout the upper Big Sandy River basin, which covers 10 counties in Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia. Learn more...
October 5, 2018 | 4 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list the slenderclaw crayfish as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). At the same time, it also is proposing to designate critical habitat and a 4(d) rule describing management activities that would continue to be permitted because of the benefit to the crayfish and landowners. With two known populations, the slenderclaw crayfish is disappearing throughout its range. Historically, the crayfish was known to live in four small streams or tributaries within the Short Creek and Town Creek watersheds, both in the Tennessee River Basin in Dekalb and Marshall counties, Alabama. Read the full story...
Endangered Species Act protections finalized for two Appalachian crayfishes in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia
April 6, 2016 | 4 minute read
Just months after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s April 2015 proposal to protect the Big Sandy crayfish and Guyandotte River crayfish as endangered, the agency sent a crayfish expert into the central Appalachians to look for more. The goal: to determine if the outlook for the two creatures was better than previous data indicated. After combing hundreds of likely sites in the Big Sandy and Guyandotte River watersheds in Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky, the survey team from West Liberty University had mixed results. Read the full story...
December 14, 2015 | 3 minute read
New survey reports for the Guyandotte River and Big Sandy crayfishes are now available for public review, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today. In light of these survey reports and to allow for additional public involvement, the agency has re-opened the comment period for 30 days until January 14, 2016. The Service used the best available information to propose in April 2015 to protect both species as endangered. Read the full story...
Endangered Species Act protections proposed for two Appalachian Crayfishes in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia
April 6, 2015 | 4 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to list the Big Sandy crayfish and the Guyandotte River crayfish as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Read the full story...