Tag: Louisiana Ecological Services Field Office
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June 14, 2019 | 3 minute read
It may not be widely known that Louisiana, the Pelican State, had lost for almost a decade all of its namesake brown pelicans. In the early 1900’s Louisiana’s brown pelican population was estimated at 50,000 to 80,000. The widespread use of the insecticide DDT, however, took a huge toll on many bird species, including the brown pelican. By 1963, the bird was no longer found anywhere in the state. Today, the birds are back and their numbers around the state are staying steady. Learn more...
February 26, 2020 | 6 minute read
What action is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) taking? The Service is finalizing a rule under section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for the Louisiana pinesnake, a reptile from Louisiana and Texas. This rule will reduce regulatory burdens while providing for the pinesnake’s conservation. What is a Louisiana pinesnake and where can they be found? Reaching up to about five feet long, Louisiana pinesnakes are non-venomous and secretive in nature, spending much of their time underground in burrows of its pocket gopher prey Learn more...
The field station was established in 1972. We strive for ecosystem sustainability through preservation, conservation, enhancement, and restoration of habitats essential for the long-term viability of the fish, wildlife, and plants in Louisiana. Learn more...
Coastal program in Louisiana Program supports voluntary, proactive and cooperative projects in these areas, focusing efforts to restore and protect habitat for federal trust species. We provide technical expertise and financial assistance to: Private landowners and citizens; Native American tribes; Non-profit organizations; Municipal and local governments; Business and industry. Learn more about how we coordinate the coastal program in the southeast and at the national level. Coastal Wetlands Planning Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) restoration activities Louisiana supports over 45 percent of the intertidal wetlands in the lower 48 states, but has suffered over 90 percent of the coastal wetland loss in the nation. Learn more...
Conserving habitat for fish and wildlife in Louisiana To protect the overall public interest, including the environment and our trust resources, Congress has mandated that certain public and private development activities require formal authorization and approval by the Federal Government or state agencies with delegated regulatory authority. Some of these development projects include: Hydropower and alternate energy development Highway construction and re-routing Pipeline construction Gravel mining Cell tower construction Construction or development in wetland habitats Coastal development The goal of the Louisiana Ecological Services Office‘s Conservation Planning Assistance Program work is to provide state-wide project evaluation and consultation for all of the Service’s trust resources. Learn more...
Service finalizes 4(d) rule to aid conservation of Louisiana pinesnake and support landowner efforts
February 26, 2020 | 3 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized a special 4(d) rule for the Louisiana pinesnake, tailoring conservation protections for the snake while ensuring greater regulatory certainty for landowners. The Louisiana pinesnake was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 2018 and landowners play a critical role in its conservation and recovery. “Conservation agencies, non-profit groups and the timber industry are all taking steps to reverse the decline of the Louisiana pinesnake and its habitat,” said Leopoldo Miranda, Service regional director for the South Atlantic Gulf and Mississippi Basin. Read the full story...
October 23, 2019 | 5 minute read
When the interior least tern was listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1985, there were fewer than 2,000 birds and only a few dozen nesting sites scattered across a once-expansive range that covered America’s Great Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley. Today there are more than 18,000 interior least terns at more than 480 nesting sites in 18 states, thanks to decades of innovative conservation efforts and diverse partnerships among local, state and federal stakeholders. Read the full story...
December 10, 2018 | 2 minute read
Service officials announced late last month that Leopoldo “Leo” Miranda will head the Service’s Southeast Region. The tract encompasses 10 southeastern states as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Read the full story...
October 5, 2018 | 5 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners are working to protect a small, secretive marsh bird that is in steep decline. Some populations of the eastern black rail along the Atlantic coast have dropped by as much as 90 percent, and with a relatively small total population remaining across the eastern United States, the Service is proposing to list the subspecies as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Read the full story...