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April 6, 2016 | 7 minute read
Following 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...
Endangered Species Act protections finalized for two Appalachian crayfishes in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia
April 6, 2016 | 4 minute read
Just 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...
March 24, 2016 | 3 minute read
Jamestown, 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...
Bald eagle killed in Grand Rivers, Kentucky $2,500 reward offered for information leading to a conviction
March 8, 2016 | 2 minute read
Bald eagle found dead along Paradise Road, in Grand Rivers, Kentucky. Photo by KY Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources. A mature bald eagle was found dead by Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Conservation Officer Evan Ethington on January 8, 2016, along Paradise Road, in Grand Rivers, Kentucky. The shooting is believed to have occurred between December 25, 2015, and January 2, 2016. Read the full story...
Fish and Wildlife Service reopens the comment period on the proposed rule to delist the white-haired goldenrod
February 25, 2016 | 4 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening the comment period for 30 days on the proposed rule to delist the white haired goldenrod, a plant unique to eastern Kentucky. On September 1, 2015 (80 FR 52717), the Service proposed to remove the goldenrod from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Plants under the Endangered Species Act. White-haired goldenrod is being considered for delisting because the Service, Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission, U. Read the full story...
February 23, 2016 | 3 minute read
Jamestown, Kentucky – Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery is the place to be in March with a multitude of environmental education activities to participate in. Most of the events are located at the Wolf Creek NFH Visitor Center. Thursday, March 3rd, 4:30 – 6 pm CST – Join us in the Environmental Education Classroom for a Shiitake Mushroom Log workshop. The cost of this event is $10/log, checks can be made payable to Friends of Wolf Creek NFH, Inc. Read the full story...
December 14, 2015 | 3 minute read
New survey reports for the Guyandotte River and Big Sandy crayfishes are now available for public review, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today. In light of these survey reports and to allow for additional public involvement, the agency has re-opened the comment period for 30 days until January 14, 2016. The Service used the best available information to propose in April 2015 to protect both species as endangered. Read the full story...
October 7, 2015 | 5 minute read
The Cumberland arrow darter, Shawnee darter, Sequatchie caddisfly, American eel, and six Tennessee cave beetles do not need protection under the Endangered Species Act. Read the full story...
September 17, 2015 | 3 minute read
Today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) published a batch of 90-day findings in response to a variety of petitions to protect 25 species under the Endangered Species Act. Six of those species are found in the Southeast, and the petition for one species, the Cahaba pebblesnail, was found to be not substantial. The snail will not be given further consideration for federal protection at this time. Petitions for five species, including the blue calamintha bee, Florida pine snake, regal fritillary, rusty patched bumblebee and the short-tailed snake, were found to be substantial. Read the full story...
Fish and Wildlife Service proposes adding white fringeless orchid to threatened and endangered species list
September 14, 2015 | 6 minute read
COOKEVILLE, TN – Though the plant is found in five states, populations of white fringeless orchid are small, isolated, and face a wide array of threats across their range, leading the Fish and Wildlife Service to propose adding the plant to the federal list of threatened and endangered species as a threatened species. Because of the threat of collection, the Service will not designate critical habitat for this plant. Read the full story...