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  • A male and female volunteer work on a trail with shovels.
    Information icon Volunteers John Adams and Julia Hoss begin trail reroute on the nature trail. Photo by Moria Painter, USFWS.

    Wolf Creek volunteers make lasting improvements

    May 3, 2017 | 1 minute read

    Volunteers play a vital part in the daily operations at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery. They staff the visitor contact station with coverage 364 days a year and help with daily fish production needs. A rare opportunity occasionally presents itself when volunteers with exceptional skills arrive. This winter, Wolf Creek was fortunate to have John Adams and Julia Hoss join the team for a trail reroute project. They brought a wealth of trail building knowledge and experience to the hatchery, having both worked several seasons at the national Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.  Learn more...

  • Heavy machinery begins pounding away at a concrete dam.
    Photo by Mark Davis, USFWS.

    Dam going, nature returning

    March 28, 2017 | 4 minute read

    On Tuesday, March 28, a large yellow machine with a pile driver affixed to its arm clanked onto the concrete shoulder of lock and dam No. 6 on the Green River. Its operator lifted the driver, a slender length of steel ending in a point. He aimed it at a spot where workers had toiled to build a wall a century earlier.  Learn more...



  • A yellow and black bumble bee perched on a white flower.
    Rusty-patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis). Photo by Dan Mullen, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

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

    January 10, 2017 | 4 minute read

    Just 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...

  • Green leafy vegetation with bright yellow flowers climbs a rock face.
    White-haired goldenrod. Photo by John MacGregor, KDFWR.

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

    October 7, 2016 | 3 minute read

    When 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...

  • A NC biologist holding a sicklefin redhorse on a river bank in front of a hydroelectric dam.
    Information icon North Carolina biologist TR Russ holding an sicklefin redhorse. Photo by Mark Cantrell, USFWS.

    Endangered Species Act protection not needed for seven Southeastern species

    October 6, 2016 | 6 minute read

    Responding 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...

  • A small, brightly colored orange and blue fish in an aquarium.
    Information icon Photo by J.R. Shute, Conservation Fisheries, Inc.

    Service finalizes listing for Kentucky arrow darter

    October 4, 2016 | 6 minute read

    The 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...

  • A close up photo of a semi translucent gray-silver crayfish walking on rocky substrate.
    Angular dwarf crayfish. Photo by Chris Lukhaup, USDA Forest Service.

    Endangered Species Act protection not needed for four Southeastern animals

    September 20, 2016 | 4 minute read

    Responding 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...

  • Tall stems extending from the forest floor give way to bright white dangling flowers.
    White fringeless orchid. Photo by USFWS.

    Southeastern orchid placed on federal threatened and endangered species list

    September 13, 2016 | 5 minute read

    Cookeville, 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...

  • A lobster-shaped crayfish held by a biologist
    Big Sandy crayfish. Photo by Zachary Loughman, West Liberty University.

    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...

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