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June 17, 2020 | 2 minute read
The Buck darter is a little fish that can be found only in parts of the cold water springs of the Buck Creek watershed in south-central Kentucky. Surveys by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and Eastern Kentucky University have shown that there has been a massive decline in the species over the years. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating if the Buck darter needs federal protection. Learn more...
May 12, 2020 | 5 minute read
Maybe you’re still sheltering in place, working from home, unable to go to the gym or church. What do you do? Go fishing. Millions of Americans are doing just that — in eye-popping numbers. Cooped up, and without their usual recreational outlets, anglers have taken mightily to the mountain streams, reservoir lakes and coastal waters across the South. The U.S. Department of the Interior’s decision two years ago to expand hunting and fishing opportunities at the nation’s wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries seems particularly fortuitous. Learn more...
February 24, 2020 | 7 minute read
It was a fine day to sit in a tree — cool, the December sun casting shadows across the leafy floor below. Mark Carter didn’t move. The minutes passed. They became an hour. Carter and the man who’d brought him into the woods traded an occasional murmur. The shadows grew longer. Night would soon come to Georgia. Then, just about 100 yards away: a flash of tan in the dwindling light — Odocoileus virginianus, a white-tail deer. Learn more...
November 20, 2019 | 2 minute read
Crisp autumn weather is the perfect setting for a day spent learning about Environmental Education in the great outdoors. For 229 fourth graders from Russell County Elementary schools enjoyed the annual Outdoor Eco Day hosted by Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery (NFH) and the Friends of Wolf Creek NFH, Inc. on October 25. Students arrived by bus in the early morning hours, departing the bus at the visitor center and traveling by foot to nine different stations located on hatchery grounds. Learn more...
November 20, 2019 | 1 minute read
Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery and the Friends of Wolf Creek NFH hosted the 12th Annual Catch a Smile Senior fishing derby on Sept. 24, 2019. Over 190 seniors, age 62 and over enjoyed the fun-filled day. Big fish! Equal even Bigger smiles! Photo by Mackenzie Foster, USFWS. Participants enjoyed a lunch of grilled hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, drinks and desserts. Each participant took home a door prize, provided by local sponsors, that included camp lights, camp chairs, camp coffee pots, flashlights, fishing gear, and many other items. Learn more...
April 24, 2020 | 6 minute read
What action is the Service taking? The Service is proposing to delist the Cumberland sandwort, a delicate perennial white flowering plant in Tennessee and Kentucky, from the Endangered Species Act (ESA) due to recovery. Based on a thorough review of the best available science, the Service found that the species is healthy and stable, and it no longer meets the definition of threatened or endangered under the ESA. We are also announcing the availability of a draft post-delisting monitoring plan (PDM), to help ensure that the sandwort remains healthy and secure from the risk of extinction after it is delisted. Learn more...
April 24, 2020 | 4 minute read
Found only in a small portion of the Cumberland Plateau in northern Tennessee and southern Kentucky, the Cumberland sandwort was headed toward extinction before it was listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1988. That’s when the states of Tennessee and Kentucky, federal agencies and conservation groups stepped in to protect and restore this unique plant. Thanks to these ESA-inspired partnerships, Cumberland sandwort populations are now healthy, robust and stable, and a scientifically rigorous review of the best available science has determined the species no longer faces the threat of extinction. Read the full story...
Agency identifies habitat essential for the conservation of two rare crayfishes, seeks public comment
January 27, 2020 | 3 minute read
The Big Sandy and Guyandotte River crayfishes have disappeared from many of the streams they once occupied in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia, leading the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect both species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 2016. The agency has now completed the next step required by the ESA: identifying areas of habitat that are essential for the species’ conservation. Critical habitat helps focus conservation efforts where they are most needed, particularly those of federal agencies. Read the full story...
November 22, 2019 | 5 minute read
Henderson, Kentucky — Friday, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, along with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials, and their counterparts from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, announced the establishment of the Green River National Wildlife Refuge near the confluence of the Ohio and Green rivers in Henderson, Kentucky. “Under President Donald Trump’s leadership, the Department of the Interior has opened and expanded nearly 1. Read the full story...
November 8, 2019 | 8 minute read
Grand Rivers, Kentucky — An experimental project designed to keep invasive Asian carp from moving farther up the Cumberland River was unveiled Friday at Lake Barkley. A bio-acoustic fish fence (BAFF) was deployed on the downstream side of Barkley Lock. U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and U.S. Congressman James Comer along with project partners, ceremonially inaugurated the BAFF system as part of a three-year evaluation to deter Asian carp from migrating through the navigation lock. Read the full story...