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  • A Florida panther walking out from a wildlife corridor. It has a long tan body and yellow eyes.
    Information icon Florida panther standing outside of a wildlife crossing. Photo by fStop Foundation.

    Service, landowners develop a Florida panther habitat conservation plan

    April 7, 2021 | 6 minute read

    Collier County is one of Florida’s greenest with two-thirds of its lands set aside for conservation. Large swaths of territory – Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Big Cypress National Preserve, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary – will never be developed while providing a safe haven for all manner of wildlife. What makes Collier special also makes it popular. Its population is expected to rise 50 percent over the next quarter-century. With so much land already protected, where will the new homes and businesses go?  Learn more...

  • A blue sky partially obscured by tall green pine trees.
    Information icon Longleaf pine stand located in the Coastal Headwaters forest in Alabama. Photo by USDA.

    South Carolina Partners for Fish and Wildlife helps longleaf pine, red-cockaded woodpecker

    January 29, 2021 | 2 minute read

    To fix something, it helps to first know what you’re dealing with. Take longleaf pine trees, for example. For more than a decade, the Sandhills Longleaf Pine Conservation Partnership has burned, thinned and managed longleaf pine stands on private lands within a 731-square-mile area. Yet members, including South Carolina Partners for Fish and Wildlife, didn’t really know the quantity (acres) or quality (condition) of older stands of longleaf pine in the target area.  Learn more...

  • Two people plant small plants inside a square wooden garden box
    Information icon Shawn McCourt and Sally Chambers, with the Selby Botanical Gardens, plant Aboriginal prickly apple inside an herbivory cage at Emerson Point Preserve. Credit: Damon Moore, Manatee County DNR

    Florida partnerships help save endangered - and lyrical - plants

    January 7, 2021 | 3 minute read

    It sounds like a Shakespearean play: Chrysopsis and Harrisia. Instead, it’s the names of two federally endangered plants on the road to recovery. A bevy of nonprofit and government agencies, including the North Florida Coastal Program, have banded together to propagate and repopulate the Florida golden aster (Chrysopsis floridana) and the Aboriginal prickly apple (Harrisia aboriginum) in Manatee County. The Florida golden aster (aster) was federally listed as an endangered species in 1986 as populations, found mostly on private land, dwindled due to urban development.  Learn more...

  • Four headstones in the woods
    Information icon Cemetery on Atsena Otie. Credit: Justin Warner

    Rising Seas threaten history, culture of Florida wildlife refuge

    December 22, 2020 | 6 minute read

    Cedar Key, Florida – Hurricane Sally’s outer winds were blowing hard, churning two-foot waves as Larry Woodward beached the skiff on Atsena Otie Key. The island, rich in history and wildlife, is disappearing, succumbing steadily to rising seas and hellacious storms that pummel the historic mills, cemetery and bird-loving habitats. The race was on. To get on and off the key before the Gulf became unnavigable. And, to preserve what remains of the Native American, colonial, military and industrial histories.  Learn more...

  • Yellow cone-shaped plants grow in tall grass field
    Information icon Trumpet pitcher plants. Photo courtesy of Atlanta Botanical Garden

    Pitcher plant prairies pop in the Panhandle

    November 18, 2020 | 2 minute read

    The U.S Fish and Wildlife’s Coastal Program is partnering with Florida State Parks and the Atlanta Botanical Garden to let the sun again shine on rare seepage slope and wetland pitcher plant prairies. Over the past nine years, more than 1,500 acres of wetland communities along the Florida Panhandle have benefitted from the habitat restoration work. These native herbaceous wetland communities are inhabited by carnivorous bog plants, orchids, and other rare and at-risk plants that provide habitat for the endangered reticulated flatwoods salamander.  Learn more...

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  • A hand holding a small lobster shaped crayfish.
    Information icon Panama City crayfish. Photo by USFWS.

    Proposed listing of Panama City crayfish as threatened under Endangered Species Act, with proposed 4(d) rule and critical habitat

    April 14, 2021 | 11 minute read

    Why is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposing to list the Panama City crayfish as threatened under the Endangered Species Act? A review of the best available science has determined that the Panama City crayfish meets the definition of threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The science indicates the Panama City crayfish is likely to become an endangered species within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range.  Learn more...

  • A large turtle with a sharp beak, holding its beak open.
    Information icon Alligator snapping turtle © Chris Coppola.

    Suwannee Alligator Snapping Turtle Proposed Listing as Threatened

    April 6, 2021 | 8 minute read

    What action is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service taking? The Service is proposing to list the Suwannee alligator snapping turtle as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). As part of the proposed rule, the Service is also proposing a 4(d) rule. The Service determined that designating critical habitat for the species is not prudent since the designation could increase the degree of threat from poaching. What is the Suwannee alligator snapping turtle?  Learn more...

News

  • A hand holding a small lobster shaped crayfish.
    Information icon Panama City crayfish. Photo by USFWS.

    Service reopens public comment period on proposal to list Panama City crayfish under Endangered Species Act

    April 14, 2021 | 5 minute read

    Panama City, Fla. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening the public comment period on its 2018 proposal to list the Panama City crayfish as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service is also proposing to designate a critical habitat for the crayfish, and a special 4(d) rule, designed to conserve the crayfish while allowing greater flexibility for landowners. A draft economic analysis of the proposed critical habitat designation is also being released with today’s proposed rule.  Read the full story...

  • A large turtle with a sharp beak, holding its beak open.
    Information icon Alligator snapping turtle. Photo © Chris Coppola.

    Service Proposes Listing Suwannee Alligator Snapping Turtle as Threatened Under the Endangered Species Act

    April 6, 2021 | 3 minute read

    ATLANTA – Following a review of the best available science, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list the Suwannee alligator snapping turtle as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service is also proposing a 4(d) rule which tailors protections to support the specific conservation needs of this iconic species. The Service determined that designating critical habitat for the species is not prudent since the designation could increase the degree of threat from poaching.  Read the full story...

  • A low growing grass-like plant not currently in bloom.
    Information icon Kentucky glade cress. Photo by Bryan Siders CC BY 2.0.

    Four draft recovery plans available for public review and comment

    March 25, 2021 | 2 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the availability for public review and comment of draft recovery plans for the reticulated and frosted flatwoods salamanders, the fluted kidneyshell, and the Kentucky glade cress. These endangered or threatened species are in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. The draft recovery plans include specific recovery objectives and criteria based on Species Status Assessments or SSAs. The Service is requesting review and comment on these draft recovery plans from local, State, and Federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, Tribes, and the public.  Read the full story...

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