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July 25, 2019 | 8 minute read
Paint Rock, Alabama — Nothing really distinguishes Nat Mountain from its hilly neighbors amid the southern foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. It’s not particularly tall at 1,600 feet. It offers no sweeping summertime views, except snatches of distant mountains and the curvaceous Paint Rock River. It’s home to the Fern Cave National Wildlife Refuge, but, on the surface, there’s really nothing to do here. It’s what’s below ground that tantalizes. Learn more...
June 10, 2019 | 1 minute read
Dark skies and occasional heavy rains did not stop die-hard anglers from attending the Seniors Fishing Rodeo at Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery June 7; more than 150 anglers ages 55 to 90 years old attended. Rock Creek was stocked with beautiful rainbow and brook trout each day, including some fish weighing as much as 4 pounds. 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 Blue Ridge, Coca Cola, and Pepsi Cola. Learn more...
August 26, 2019 | 5 minute read
What action is the Service taking with the running buffalo clover? The Service is proposing to remove Endangered Species Act protection for the running buffalo clover. The proposed rule to delist the running buffalo clover published in the Federal Register on August 27, 2019. Before making a final decision on the delisting proposal, the Service must gather and analyze public comments and any new information. Publication of the proposed rule opens a 60-day public comment period, which closes on October 28, 2019. Learn more...
July 30, 2019 | 4 minute read
The spread of four species of large carp—bighead, black, grass, and silver— threatens the Southeast’s renowned aquatic biodiversity and local outdoor economies. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its federal and state partners are on the front line fighting Asian carp in southeastern waters. The asian carp problem Extensive flooding in the 1970s forced Asian carp into rivers, streams and lakes and the fish have continued to migrate. Large portions of the nation’s river systems are now occupied by one or more species of Asian carp. Learn more...
Service announces recovery plan revisions for 43 species, to assist in measuring progress and addressing threats
August 5, 2019 | 5 minute read
As part of an agency-wide effort to advance the recovery of our nation’s most imperiled species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has made publicly available draft revisions for 21 recovery plans that provide a recovery roadmap for 43 federally protected species. This batch of recovery plan revisions is part of the Department of the Interior’s Agency Priority Performance Goals. The effort calls for all recovery plans to include quantitative criteria on what constitutes recovery by September 2019. Read the full story...
July 24, 2019 | 2 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is inviting the public to comment on the proposed establishment of Green River National Wildlife Refuge in Henderson County, Kentucky. Working at the direction of Congress and in close cooperation with the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Service has worked to increase hunter access and conserve important wildlife habitat on approximately 24,000 acres in the proposed refuge. A draft land protection plan (LPP) and environmental assessment (EA) have been developed in cooperation with partners as part of the process. Read the full story...
June 5, 2019 | 3 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is announcing the availability of the recovery plan for the Cumberland darter, a fish listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The darter is found in the upper Cumberland River drainage, above Cumberland Falls, in southeastern Kentucky and north central Tennessee. Its recovery plan describes actions necessary for its recovery, establishes criteria for delisting it, and estimates the time and cost for implementing necessary recovery actions. Read the full story...
May 16, 2019 | 2 minute read
Jamestown, KY – What began as a small event in 1986 has now blossomed into one of the largest events of its kind in the country. This year’s 33rd Annual Catch A Rainbow Kids Fishing Derby is scheduled for Saturday, June 1, 2019, at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery. Designed as a way to get kids outdoors and connected to fishing, this event provides an opportunity for families to have fun with a rod and reel. Read the full story...
April 26, 2019 | 2 minute read
Jamestown, Kentucky – Looking for some great activities in May? Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery is the place to be! May 11, 2019 - Calling all budding photographers. Join us from 8 a.m. – 12 noon CDT for a free Nature Photography Workshop. Instruction provided by Cindy Burton, visual communications professor at Somerset Community College. The class will include a beginner’s guide to the DSLR camera, lenses and their uses, shooting modes, good composition, hands-on nature photography and processing your photos. Read the full story...
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...