Tag: Panama City Ecological Services Field Office
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May 9, 2017 | 7 minute read
Pace, Florida — Longleaf pine forests once covered 90 million acres from Virginia to Texas, a bio-diverse swath of timber prized by shipbuilders and gopher tortoises alike. Sprawling cities, large farms and commercial pine plantations, though, replaced much of the longleaf habitat. Today, less than five million acres remain. Conservationists’ goal of eight million acres by 2025 seemed laughable. Until Resource Management Service and Jimmy Bullock came along. Map of the Coastal Headwaters Forest by the Conservation Fund and RMS. Learn more...
April 26, 2017 | 6 minute read
Melanie Kaeser is embedded with the military at Tyndall Air Force Base. She patrols the pine forests and swampy wetlands as F-16s and F-22s maneuver overhead. Her mission: protect those in harm’s way - the gopher tortoises, the St. Andrews Beach mice and the Godfrey’s butterworts. Learn more...
July 17, 2017 | 4 minute read
Tallahassee, Florida – The federally threatened eastern indigo snake, an icon of the southern longleaf pine forest, was reintroduced to northern Florida today at The Nature Conservancy’s Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve (ABRP). The release of 12 indigo snakes, the first of many planned releases, is a key step towards the species’ recovery in the region. “The eastern indigo snake has been listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act since 1978, and today’s release is an important milestone in our efforts toward recovering this important reptile,” said Cindy Dohner, regional director for the U. Read the full story...
May 19, 2017 | 3 minute read
The Service is helping out in many parts of the Southeast Region. Here are a few examples: Alabama In Daphne, Alabama, Service employees will be giving endangered species talks at local elementary schools with a focus on endangered species recovery and a live gopher tortoise for demonstration. Arkansas The Arkansas Ecological Services Field Office, in partnership with Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, hosted its eighth annual K-12 art contest focusing on endangered and threatened species found in Arkansas. Read the full story...
May 19, 2017 | 4 minute read
Endangered Species Day was created by a Senate resolution in 2006 to encourage “the people of the United States to become educated about, and aware of, threats to species, success stories in species recovery, and the opportunity to promote species conservation worldwide.” It has since been celebrated in more than a dozen other countries as well. Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is proud to celebrate this annual day, and to honor the recovery work being done under the Endangered Species Act, (ESA) which protects endangered and threatened species and the ecosystems upon which they depend, and helps them recover. Read the full story...
October 5, 2016 | 3 minute read
The Suwannee moccasinshell’s range and numbers have declined in recent decades and the mussel should be protected as a threatened species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today. Its decline is the result of pollution and reduced flows in the Suwannee River Basin. A listing as threatened means the Suwannee moccasinshell is considered likely to become endangered within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range. Read the full story...
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues biological opinion for Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River basin
October 5, 2016 | 3 minute read
Panama City, Florida - Future water control operations as outlined in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed updated Water Control Manual will not threaten the continued existence of federally protected mussels and the Gulf sturgeon found in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the same time determined in a Biological Opinion that the updated plan will not adversely modify critical habitat designated for those listed species. Read the full story...
August 30, 2016 | 5 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct five-year status reviews of 15 endangered and seven threatened species occurring across the southeastern United States. The public is invited to provide information and comments concerning these species on or before October 31, 2016. These reviews will ensure listing classifications under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) reflect the latest available information and data. In addition to reviewing the classification of these species, a five-year review presents an opportunity to track the species’ recovery progress, and may benefit species by providing valuable information to guide future conservation efforts. Read the full story...
November 13, 2015 | 3 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today released its Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment (GCVA), a comprehensive report that evaluates the effects of climate change, sea level rise and urbanization on four Gulf Coast ecosystems and 11 species that depend on them. The ecosystems are mangrove, oyster reef, tidal emergent marsh and barrier islands. The species are roseate spoonbill, blue crab, clapper rail, mottled duck, spotted seatrout, eastern oyster, American oystercatcher, red drum, black skimmer, Kemp’s ridley sea turtle and Wilson’s plover. Read the full story...
Fish and Wildlife Service announces $37.2 million in grants to boost state endangered species conservation efforts
August 13, 2015 | 8 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced $37.2 million in grants to 20 states to support conservation planning and acquisition of vital habitat for threatened and endangered species across the nation. The grants, awarded through the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund, will benefit numerous species, ranging from the Cahaba shiner to the red-cockaded woodpecker. Five southeasterm states received a combined total of $4,112,981 in grants - - Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Read the full story...