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June 25, 2019 | 7 minute read
Thomaston, Georgia — Rule 1 in the art of angling: You have to master the worm. “Ewww!” The teen holding the fishing rod recoiled at the sight of a wad of wigglers. “No. Uh-uh!” — that, from a buddy peering over his shoulder. And a third reaction, courtesy of a fellow who stood 6-foot-2 or more: “I ain’t touching that!” Thus did the guys from the city get introduced to a bit of country. Learn more...
June 9, 2019 | 1 minute read
Rainy weather did not stop more than 500 people from attending the Kids Fishing Rodeo at Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery on June 8, 2019. Rock Creek was stocked with beautiful rainbow and brook trout, including some fish weighing as much as 4 lbs. A free hotdog lunch was provided to participants courtesy of Friends of the Hatchery, Trout Unlimited of Blue Ridge #696 and Blairsville #692, Save-A-Lot, Coca Cola, and Pepsi Cola. Learn more...
May 15, 2019 | 1 minute read
Thanks to more than 60 volunteers, students from north Georgia area schools and adults were able to enjoy a great day of fishing at Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery on May 8, 2019. The Special Kids Fishing Rodeo is pre-arranged annually for students and adults with disabilities, many of which are confined to wheelchairs. Generations of dedicated volunteers provide one-on-one fishing assistance for each participant. One teacher said, “My students look forward to this experience each year. Learn more...
May 5, 2019 | 1 minute read
On Friday, May 3rd, Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery near Suches, Georgia, held its seventh annual Veterans Appreciation Fishing Rodeo. More than 150 U.S. military veterans and family members attended the free event. Approximately 3,200 trout were stocked into Rock Creek especially for the event including a number of fish weighing 3 pounds or more. Partners including Friends of the Hatchery, Project Healing Waters, Fannin County EMS, Appalachian Judicial Court System, and Trout Unlimited Chapters of Blairsville, Blue Ridge, Dahlonega, Clarkesville and others assisted with the event. Learn more...
April 22, 2019 | 8 minute read
Bristol, Florida — The Florida torreya was one of the world’s most endangered trees even before Hurricane Michael savaged the remaining wild specimens along the Apalachicola River with 100-plus mph winds in October 2018. It was also one of the most controversial trees, Exhibit A in a roiling debate over how, and where, to keep alive species facing extinction. More than 650,000 torreyas once lined the ridgelines or hugged the ravines near the Apalachicola and Flint rivers. Learn more...
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites student artists to participate in 2019 Georgia Junior Duck Stamp program competition
February 19, 2019 | 2 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is currently accepting student entries postmarked by midnight Friday, March 15, for the 2019 Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program competition. The Georgia Junior Duck Stamp competition recognizes Georgia’s top student waterfowl artists. Public, private, home-schooled, and art studio students from kindergarten through high school are invited to compete for recognition, prizes and scholarships in an activity that promotes the conservation of America’s wetlands and waterfowl habitat. Learn more...
January 30, 2019 | 12 minute read
What action is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service taking? Based on a review of the best available information and full status assessment, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is listing the trispot darter as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service is also proposing a 4(d) rule and critical habitat. Check out the press release for this decision. What does it mean when a species is threatened? Learn more...
April 11, 2019 | 6 minute read
As part of the process mandated by the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct five-year status reviews of 36 endangered or threatened fish, wildlife, and plants. They are found in the Southeastern United States and Puerto Rico. The public is invited to provide information and comments concerning these species on or before June 10, 2019. These five-year reviews will ensure listing classifications under the ESA are accurate, and recommend changes in status where appropriate based on the latest science and analysis. Read the full story...
April 8, 2019 | 3 minute read
“A March on the Water,” an acrylic painting of a green winged teal by Win Sheng, aged 12, from First Fine Art and Design Studio in Johns Creek, won the 2019 Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Art Competition. The contest was held last week at the Southeast Regional U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office in Atlanta. “I painted the green winged teal because of all the colors and its personality,” said Win Sheng. Read the full story...
Thanks to conservation partnerships, two southeastern fish and a snail do not warrant Endangered Species Act protection
April 3, 2019 | 4 minute read
Following extensive scientific reviews, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that three southeastern animals do not face the threat of extinction now or in the foreseeable future. Accordingly, the ashy darter, Barrens darter and Arkansas mudalia snail do not warrant Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection. For each animal, the Service brought together a team of biologists who compiled and examined all known data and research. Their peer-reviewed findings are outlined in species status assessments (SSAs), made available today. Read the full story...