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  • A small, brightly colored orange and blue fish in an aquarium.

    Final listing - threatened status for the Kentucky arrow darter and designation of critical habitat

    October 4, 2016 | 13 minute readFrequently asked questions about the final listing of the Kentucky arrow darter as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. Learn more...

    Photo by J.R. Shute, Conservation Fisheries, Inc.

  • A lobster-shaped crayfish held by a biologist

    Endangered Species Act protects two Appalachian crayfish

    April 6, 2016 | 7 minute readFollowing a review of the best available science, peer review and public comment, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has protected the Guyandotte River crayfish as endangered and the Big Sandy crayfish as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. What are the ranges of the Guyandotte River and Big Sandy crayfish? Occurrence data, historical habitat characteristics, and information from species experts indicate that the Big Sandy crayfish’s historical range likely included streams throughout the upper Big Sandy River basin, which covers 10 counties in Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia. Learn more...

    Big Sandy crayfish. Photo by Zachary Loughman, West Liberty University.

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  • A yellow and black bumble bee perched on a white flower.

    In a race against extinction, rusty patched bumble bee is listed as endangered

    January 10, 2017 | 4 minute readJust 20 years ago, the rusty patched bumble bee was a common sight, so ordinary that it went almost unnoticed as it moved from flower to flower, collecting nectar and pollen. But the species, now balancing precariously on the brink of extinction, has become the first-ever bumble bee in the United States – and the first bee of any kind in the contiguous 48 states – to be declared endangered. Read the full story...

    Rusty-patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis). Photo by Dan Mullen, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

  • Green leafy vegetation with bright yellow flowers climbs a rock face.

    Successful recovery and removal from Endangered Species Act of native Kentucky plant a victory for conservation partners

    October 7, 2016 | 3 minute readWhen Mike Oetker, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Deputy Regional Director, hiked with biologists from three agencies in the Daniel Boone National Forest, it only took a few minutes to understand why the white-haired goldenrod could be removed from the list of federally protected plants. Where the once-rare Kentucky plant had disappeared just a few years previous, it was now found blooming in abundance. Oetker’s observations have been validated scientifically by Service biologists, demonstrating recovery has been achieved. Read the full story...

    White-haired goldenrod. Photo by John MacGregor, KDFWR.

  • A NC biologist holding a sicklefin redhorse on a river bank in front of a hydroelectric dam.

    Endangered Species Act protection not needed for seven Southeastern species

    October 6, 2016 | 6 minute readResponding to requests to add them to the federal threatened and endangered species list, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has concluded that the Louisville cave beetle, Tatum Cave beetle, black mudalia, sicklefin redhorse, Arkansas darter, and highlands tiger beetle do not need such protection. A plant species, Hirst Brothers’ panic grass listing is not warranted as it has been determined that it is not a taxonomically distinct species and does not meet the definition of a species under the Endangered Species Act. Read the full story...

    North Carolina biologist TR Russ holding an sicklefin redhorse. Photo by Mark Cantrell, USFWS.

  • A small, brightly colored orange and blue fish in an aquarium.

    Service finalizes listing for Kentucky arrow darter

    October 4, 2016 | 6 minute readThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finalized its listing determination today for the Kentucky arrow darter. As a species that was determined likely to become endangered within the foreseeable future, the Service is listing this small, colorful fish as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and finalizing critical habitat. A special rule under Section 4(d) of the ESA will tailor exemptions for actions that have an overall benefit to the darter. Read the full story...

    Photo by J.R. Shute, Conservation Fisheries, Inc.

  • A close up photo of a semi translucent gray-silver crayfish walking on rocky substrate.

    Endangered Species Act protection not needed for four Southeastern animals

    September 20, 2016 | 4 minute readResponding to requests to add them to the federal threatened and endangered species list, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has concluded that the angular dwarf crayfish, Icebox Cave beetle, Clifton Cave beetle, and the Virgin Island coqui do not need such protection. “To receive Endangered Species Act protection, the species must be facing threats that would likely cause extinction or threaten existence in the foreseeable future,” said Cindy Dohner, the Service’s Southeast Regional Director. Read the full story...

    Angular dwarf crayfish. Photo by Chris Lukhaup, USDA Forest Service.

  • Tall stems extending from the forest floor give way to bright white dangling flowers.

    Southeastern orchid placed on federal threatened and endangered species list

    September 13, 2016 | 5 minute readCookeville, Tennessee – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is adding the white fringeless orchid to the federal list of threatened and endangered species, as a threatened species to protect and conserve the rare plant. While the orchid is found in six Southern states – Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and Mississippi - populations are small, isolated, and face a wide array of threats across their range. Because of the threat of collection, the Service is not designating critical habitat for this plant. Read the full story...

    White fringeless orchid. Photo by USFWS.

  • A lobster-shaped crayfish held by a biologist

    Endangered Species Act protections finalized for two Appalachian crayfishes in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia

    April 6, 2016 | 4 minute readJust months after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s April 2015 proposal to protect the Big Sandy crayfish and Guyandotte River crayfish as endangered, the agency sent a crayfish expert into the central Appalachians to look for more. The goal: to determine if the outlook for the two creatures was better than previous data indicated. After combing hundreds of likely sites in the Big Sandy and Guyandotte River watersheds in Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky, the survey team from West Liberty University had mixed results. Read the full story...

    Big Sandy crayfish. Photo by Zachary Loughman, West Liberty University.

  • A uniformed employee upturns a net of fish into a white bucket.

    April happenings at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery

    March 24, 2016 | 3 minute readJamestown, Kentucky – Break out your running shoes for the exciting events at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery (NFH) in April. Wolf Creek is happy to announce that the new catch and release section of Hatchery Creek will be open to the public on April 29th; we will be commemorating the historic milestone with a Trout Trot 5k on Saturday, April 30th . April 12 – Friends of Wolf Creek NFH monthly meeting, 1-2 pm CDT at the Lake Cumberland Tourist Commission. Read the full story...

    Wolf Creek NFH staff member Chris Murphy is shown filling buckets with trout. Photo by Alex Hoover, USFWS.

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