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  • A lobster-shaped and colored crayfish with tinges of rust and blue.
    Information icon Big Sandy crayfish. Photo by Zachary Loughman, West Liberty University.

    Agency identifies habitat essential for the conservation of two rare crayfishes, seeks public comment

    January 27, 2020 | 3 minute read

    The Big Sandy and Guyandotte River crayfishes have disappeared from many of the streams they once occupied in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia, leading the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect both species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 2016. The agency has now completed the next step required by the ESA: identifying areas of habitat that are essential for the species’ conservation. Critical habitat helps focus conservation efforts where they are most needed, particularly those of federal agencies.  Read the full story...

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