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  • A dozen or so small grey fish next to a ruler.
    Information icon Adult saltmarsh topminnows. Photo by Ronald Paille, USFWS.

    Service Coastal Program improves Louisiana marshes to benefit at-risk topminnow

    September 8, 2020 | 3 minute read

    The saltmarsh topminnow, a rare little fish that grows to about three inches long, is only found along marshes on the northern Gulf of Mexico coast. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is researching the species, with the intention of possibly deciding whether it needs to be protected under the Endangered Species Act.  Learn more...

  • A man with a beard and a woman, both wearing glasses, smile for the camera at an outdoor event.
    Information icon Cheryl and Ron Babers Hagar have dedicated their retirement years to transforming 400 acres that have been in Cheryl’s family for four generations into a wildlife-friendly habit. Photo by Courtesy Cheryl and Ron Babers Hagar.

    An investment in wildlife

    December 5, 2019 | 5 minute read

    Cheryl Babers Hagar has never seen a red-cockaded woodpecker. Nor has she seen a Louisiana pinesnake, although if she sees one of those, she says she would prefer it to be with some distance between her and the reptile.  Learn more...

  • Pelicans dot an island landscape shot from above with a single large pelican flying near the elevated camera.
    Information icon A brown pelican soars over others on Queen Bess Island, Louisiana. Photo by USFWS.

    Island restoration project and partnerships playing key role in future of the brown pelican

    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...

  • Service uses weevils to control invasive salvinia that threatens Louisiana coast

    September 6, 2018 | 4 minute read

    Giant salvinia is an invasive floating fern from Brazil that can double its surface acreage in less than one week in optimal conditions. It has been spreading and causing problems in coastal Louisiana since 1989. Once it covers the water’s surface, this floating plant will begin to stack up upon itself, and can extend 12 inches or more above the water surface. Under such conditions, oxygen recharge of underlying waters is greatly reduced.  Learn more...

Faq

  • A patterned black and gray snake blends in to the strewn, dark pine needles on the forest floor.
    Information icon Louisiana pinesnake. Photo by Michael Sealy, USFWS.

    Louisiana pinesnake final 4(d) rule

    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...

News

  • A patterned black and gray snake blends in to the strewn, dark pine needles on the forest floor.
    Information icon Louisiana pinesnake. Photo by Michael Sealy, USFWS.

    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...

  • Two black and white birds on the edge of a body of water.
    Information icon Interior least tern. Photo by USFWS.

    Recovery of America’s smallest tern prompts proposal to delist

    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...

  • New regional director to head southeastern conservation efforts Fish and Wildlife Service

    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...

  • A small black bird with red eyes walks in the marsh grasses.
    Information icon Eastern black rail. Photo © Tom Johnson, used with permission, The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

    Service proposes to list the eastern black rail as threatened under the Endangered Species Act

    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...

  • A patterned black and gray snake blends in to the strewn, dark pine needles on the forest floor.
    Louisiana pinesnake. Photo by Michael Sealy, USFWS.

    Notice of Availability of a draft environmental assessment for a proposed rule under section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act for the Louisiana pinesnake

    September 18, 2018 | 1 minute read

    Comments Comments will be accepted until October 18, 2018. Addresses You may submit comments, or requests for or more information, by any of the following methods: Email: Lafayette@fws.gov. Include “Louisiana Pinesnake EA” in the subject line Fax: [ATTN: Joseph Ranson], 337-291-3139 U.S. Mail: 646 Cajundome Blvd, Suite 400, Lafayette, LA 70506 In-person drop-off, viewing, or pickup: Call 337-291-3100 to make an appointment (necessary for view/pickup only) during regular business hours at 646 Cajundome Blvd, Suite 400, Lafayette, LA, 70506 In person viewing: U.  Read the full story...

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