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Endangered-Species-Act

  • Endangered mountain sweet pitcher plants need specific conditions to survive. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Critical Habitat under the Endangered Species Act

    When the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes an animal or plant for listing as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act, we identify specific areas that contain the physical or biological features essential to its conservation. This is the species’ “critical habitat.”  Learn more...

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  • A jet black snake with opaque white belly coiled up in the grass.
    Information icon Black pinesnake. Photo by Jim Lee, The Nature Conservancy.

    Black pinesnake final Critical Habitat designation

    February 25, 2020 | 6 minute read

    What action is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service taking? The Service is finalizing designation of critical habitat for the black pinesnake, which is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). What is the black pinesnake and where is it found? The black pinesnake is a large, nonvenomous snake, one of three subspecies of pinesnakes in the southeastern United States. These snakes are typically all black and may reach up to six feet in length.  Learn more...

  • A leafy green vine like plant growing on a rock face.
    Information icon Florida bristle fern. Photo by Keith Bradley.

    Florida bristle fern proposed Critical Habitat

    February 21, 2020 | 6 minute read

    Why is critical habitat proposed for the Florida bristle fern? The Endangered Species Act (ESA) requires the Service to designate critical habitat for listed species if prudent and determinable. The Florida bristle fern was listed as endangered under the ESA in October 2015. Based on the best available science, the Service has determined that critical habitat is both prudent and determinable for the Florida bristle fern. There are two known metapopulations (a metapopulation consists of a group of geographically separated populations of the same species that interact at some level): one in South Florida (Miami-Dade County) and one in Central Florida (Sumter County).  Learn more...

  • A group of about a dozen small triangular shellfish in shallow water.
    Information icon Yellow lance in the Tar River in North Carolina. Photo by Sarah McRae, USFWS.

    Proposed critical habitat and draft economic analysis for yellow lance mussel

    February 5, 2020 | 8 minute read

    What action is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service taking? The Service is proposing to designate 319 river miles of critical habitat for the yellow lance mussel in 11 units within Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina. What is critical habitat? Critical habitat is defined by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as the specific geographic areas that contain features essential to the conservation of an endangered or threatened species and that may require special management and protection.  Learn more...

  • A brown mussel in a sandy river bottom
    Information icon Suwannee moccasinshell in its natural habitat. Photo by FWC.

    Suwannee moccasinshell Critical Habitat

    November 26, 2019 | 9 minute read

    What action is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service taking? The Service is proposing to designate critical habitat for the Suwannee moccasinshell under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). What is the range of the Suwannee moccasinshell? The Suwannee moccasinshell, a small freshwater mussel, was historically present throughout much of the Suwannee River Basin; including the Suwannee River main stem in Florida, Santa River sub-basin in Florida, and the Withlacoochee River in Florida and Georgia.  Learn more...

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  • A jet black snake with opaque white belly coiled up in the grass.
    Information icon Black pinesnake. Photo by Jim Lee, The Nature Conservancy.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finalizes Critical Habitat for threatened black pinesnake

    February 25, 2020 | 3 minute read

    Daphne, Alabama — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for the black pinesnake, a non-venomous constrictor found only in Mississippi and Alabama. This native reptile was listed as threatened under the ESA in 2015 following population declines due to habitat loss and degradation. The black pinesnake is native to longleaf pine forests, one of the world’s most ecologically diverse natural places and one that is in peril.  Read the full story...

  • A leafy green vine like plant growing on a rock face.
    Information icon Florida bristle fern. Photo by Keith Bradley.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes Critical Habitat for the endangered Florida bristle fern

    February 21, 2020 | 3 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to designate critical habitat for the rare Florida bristle fern under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service listed the Florida bristle fern, a plant found only in Miami-Dade and Sumter counties in Florida, as endangered in 2015. The Service also announced availability of a draft economic analysis on the proposed critical habitat designation. The public is invited to submit comments on the, critical habitat designation and draft economic analysis during a 60-day comment period ending April 24, 2020.  Read the full story...

  • A group of about a dozen small triangular shellfish in shallow water.
    Information icon Yellow lance in the Tar River in North Carolina. Photo by Sarah McRae, USFWS.

    Service proposes critical habitat for yellow lance mussel

    February 5, 2020 | 4 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to designate critical habitat for the yellow lance freshwater mussel within Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina, including 154 river miles of habitat that overlap with other federally protected mussels and fish. Only areas currently occupied by the mussel, listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 2018, are included in the proposal. A draft economic analysis on the impacts of this action indicates minimal costs for stakeholders and private landowners.  Read the full story...

  • A brown mussel in a sandy river bottom
    Information icon Suwannee moccasinshell in its natural habitat. Photo by FWC.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes critical habitat for freshwater mussel in Georgia and Florida

    November 26, 2019 | 4 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed critical habitat for the Suwannee moccasinshell, a freshwater mussel protected as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) since 2016. The Service is also making available a draft economic analysis that assesses the potential impact of the Suwannee moccasinshell’s critical habitat designation on various sectors of the economy. Members of the public are invited to comment on the proposal to help inform future conservation of this aquatic species and its habitat in southwest Georgia and northwest Florida.  Read the full story...

  • A tiny greenish brown fish in front of a white ruler.
    Information icon Spring pygmy sunfish. Photo by Matt Laschet, USFWS.

    Service finalizes critical habitat for spring pygmy sunfish

    May 29, 2019 | 3 minute read

    After the discovery of a new population of spring pygmy sunfish and review of scientific information, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has finalized critical habitat for the fish in three areas in Alabama: two in Limestone County, and one in Madison County. Two of these units are currently occupied by the sunfish, while the third unit was historically occupied, but is currently not inhabited by the species. The Service determined the unoccupied unit contains suitable habitat for the species.  Read the full story...

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