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September 22, 2014 | 5 minute read
The Atlantic salt marsh snake and the frosted flatwoods salamander are among 27 federally protected species that will be getting a check-up. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is launching five-year status reviews of 17 endangered species and 10 threatened species occurring in one or more of the 10 states across the Southeast Region and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The Service is seeking comments and information from the public on all 27 species by November 24, 2014, 60 days from publication in the Federal Register. Read the full story...
May 28, 2014 | 5 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks additional public comment on proposed critical habitat for three plants found in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. About 2,488 acres on 30 parcels have been identified as habitat critical to the plants’ survival. In addition, the Service seeks comment on a draft economic analysis that considers the cost of the critical habitat designation to federal, state and local governments. The estimated costs of the designation range from $410 to $21,000 per year, and is expected to be borne largely in administrative costs by federal and state agencies. Read the full story...
Service reopens comment period on proposed designation of Critical Habitat for neosho mucket and rabbitsfoot
May 13, 2014 | 5 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday will reopen the public comment period for 60 days on the proposed designations of critical habitat for the Neosho mucket and Rabbitsfoot under the Endangered Species Act. Both species are freshwater mussels found in river systems in the eastern half of the United States. To provide the public an opportunity to learn more about the proposal designations, ask questions and submit their comments in person, the Service will hold two public meetings in early June in Arkansas during the comment period. Read the full story...
May 13, 2014 | 4 minute read
A collaborative effort with federal and state agencies in the Southeast, industry and private landowners to proactively conserve at-risk species is starting to pay dividends. Thanks to new information, five more species will not require federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. The five species were under evaluation for possible listing as a threatened or endangered species are southeastern crayfishes that occur in parts of Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. They are the blackbarred crayfish, burrowing bog crayfish, Chattooga River crayfish, lagniappe crayfish and least crayfish. Read the full story...
Public comment to be reopened on proposed Critical Habitat for two federally protected mussel species
May 6, 2014 | 3 minute read
LITTLE ROCK, AR – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced the Service will reopen the public comment in the near future on the proposed critical habitat and draft economic analysis for two federally protected mussel species found in 13 states, including Arkansas. Ashe made the announcement today in Little Rock at a roundtable discussion on the Service’s proposed critical habitat for the federally threatened rabbitsfoot mussel and the federally endangered Neosho mucket. Read the full story...
May 5, 2014 | 5 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is listing Kentucky glade cress as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The winter annual only exists in Jefferson and Bullitt Counties in Kentucky, where the Service also is designating critical habitat for the plant. A small plant with a white to lilac-colored flower, Kentucky glade cress needs sunny areas with green, leafy vegetation that are wet in late winter to early spring, but then dry quickly. Read the full story...
Fish and Wildlife Service completes biological opinion and the Corps approves plan to raise Lake Cumberland water level
March 25, 2014 | 3 minute read
Nashville, Tennessee – Working closely with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the past few months, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday finalized the Biological Opinion that clears the way for the Corps to resume normal operations at Lake Cumberland immediately. With formal consultation complete, today Brig. Gen. Margaret Burcham, commanding general, Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, made the decision to allow Lake Cumberland to rise to a target elevation of 723 feet this summer, which is the normal elevation at the beginning of the recreation season. Read the full story...
Endangered whooping cranes arrive at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, FL on aircraft-guided flight
January 7, 2014 | 3 minute read
Eight young whooping cranes that began their aircraft-led migration from the White River Marsh State Wildlife Area in Wisconsin, made it to their destination at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Read the full story...
January 6, 2014 | 4 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the availability of the draft economic analysis for the proposed critical habitat designation for the Kentucky glade cress. The glade cress, a plant proposed for listing as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, is only found in Bullitt and Jefferson Counties, Kentucky, where the Service is proposing to designate about 2,053 acres as its critical habitat. At the same time, the Service is re-opening the comment period for the proposed listing of the glade cress with critical habitat for 30 days, also through February 6, 2014. Read the full story...
December 31, 2013 | 4 minute read
Eight young whooping cranes that began their aircraft-led migration on October 2, 2013, from the White River Marsh State Wildlife Area in Green Lake County, Wisconsin, today made it to Leon County, Florida. Read the full story...