Tag: Louisiana Ecological Services Field Office
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Louisiana Partners for Fish and Wildlife helps recover federally threatened Louisiana pearlshell mussel
December 14, 2020 | 2 minute read
Pity the poor pearlshell. Under siege from dams, beavers and sediment-filled water. Found in only two Louisiana parishes. Federally listed as a threatened species. Help’s on the way, though. A bevy of private and public partners has joined with the Louisiana Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program to improve the mussel’s habitat and, hopefully, put the bivalve on the road to recovery. Last summer, Monica Sikes, the recovery team’s lead biologist, helped coordinate the reintroduction of juvenile mussels on several streams in central Louisiana. Learn more...
Removal of interior least tern from the list of endangered and threatened wildlife - Questions and answers
January 11, 2021 | 6 minute read
What is an interior least tern? Least terns are the smallest members of the tern family. Terns are generally considered seabirds, but several species are also found along rivers, lakes, or other wetlands. The interior least tern is a migratory bird species, nesting along freshwater habitats of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers and their major tributaries and overwintering in the Caribbean and South America. Least terns feed primarily on small fish. Learn more...
November 10, 2020 | 7 minute read
What action is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service taking? The Service is announcing a public hearing on the proposed downlisting of the red-cockaded woodpecker from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The virtual public hearing will be held via Zoom and teleconference on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 from 6-9 p.m. Eastern Time. Why is the Service taking this action? On Oct. 8, 2020, the Service published a rule proposing to downlist the red-cockaded woodpecker from endangered to threatened under the ESA. Learn more...
September 25, 2020 | 11 minute read
Download the proposed rule to downlist the red-cockaded woodpecker from endangered to threatened with a section 4(d) rule. What is a red-cockaded woodpecker? The red-cockaded woodpecker is a territorial, non-migratory bird species of the southeastern and southern United States. It grows to about eight to nine inches long, about the size of the common cardinal, and has a wingspan of about 15 inches. The red-cockaded woodpecker’s most distinguishing feature is a black cap and nape that encircle large white cheek patches. 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...
January 11, 2021 | 6 minute read
After more than three decades of conservation partnerships inspired by the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is celebrating the delisting of the interior least tern due to recovery. According to the best available science, the diverse efforts of local, state and federal stakeholders across the interior least tern’s 18-state range have helped ensure populations are healthy, stable and increasing into the foreseeable future. The tern will continue to be protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Read the full story...
November 12, 2020 | 3 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold a public hearing on the proposed downlisting of the red-cockaded woodpecker. The virtual public hearing will be held on December 1, 2020 via Zoom and teleconference, in accordance with COVID-19 pandemic public gathering rules. Virtual meetings are also consistent with Service regulations at 50 CFR 424.16©(3). “The Service is committed to transparency in all of our science-based decisions and to the input of stakeholders and the public,” said Service Regional Director Leo Miranda. Read the full story...
September 25, 2020 | 13 minute read
Fort Benning, Georgia — Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Fort Benning Garrison Commander, Col. Matthew Scalia, were joined by public and private representatives today to celebrate the proposed downlisting of the red-cockaded woodpecker from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In the Southeast, no fewer than eight Army installations, four Air Force installations and one Marine Corps installation all made commitments to recovery goals for red-cockaded woodpeckers, which is a cardinal-sized bird, 8 to 9 inches in height with a sharp beak, living on land they manage. Read the full story...