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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...
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...
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...
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...
October 28, 2020 | 5 minute read
Chiefland, Florida – If ever there was a time to get out and into the woods and hunt, this pandemic-riven season is surely it. But beware the Swamp Ape. The what? Swamp Ape. Skunk Ape. Moth Man. Whatever you call it, some Big Bend hunters swear they’ve seen a large half-man, half-beast creature prowling the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge. Andrew Gude, refuge manager, felt compelled to address the reports - or myths - in the 2020-21 hunt brochure: Learn more...
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...
November 10, 2020 | 7 minute read
What action is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service taking? The Service is announcing a public hearing on the proposed downlisting of the red-cockaded woodpecker from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The virtual public hearing will be held via Zoom and teleconference on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 from 6-9 p.m. Eastern Time. Why is the Service taking this action? On Oct. 8, 2020, the Service published a rule proposing to downlist the red-cockaded woodpecker from endangered to threatened under the ESA. Learn more...
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...
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...
November 12, 2020 | 3 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold a public hearing on the proposed downlisting of the red-cockaded woodpecker. The virtual public hearing will be held on December 1, 2020 via Zoom and teleconference, in accordance with COVID-19 pandemic public gathering rules. Virtual meetings are also consistent with Service regulations at 50 CFR 424.16©(3). “The Service is committed to transparency in all of our science-based decisions and to the input of stakeholders and the public,” said Service Regional Director Leo Miranda. Read the full story...