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  • Two finely manicured hands reach for a tiny gopher tortoise hiding in its shell on sandy soil.

    Florida couple dedicates property to conservation

    July 20, 2017 | 2 minute readBen and LouAnn Williams own approximately 3,400 acres of pinelands interspersed with bottomland hardwoods in Putnam County, Florida, between Jacksonville and Daytona Beach. Their property contributes to conservation on a regional scale because it is adjacent to publicly owned conservation areas, creating an important link in a chain of conservation lands from central Florida to the Georgia state line. Sandhill after prescribed burn. Photo by Ben Williams. In 2012, the Williams’ began establishing longleaf pine on their property and reintroduced prescribed burning. Learn more...

    A gopher tortoise hiding in its shell. Photo by Ben Williams.

  • Wiry pine trees sparsley dot a sandy landscape.

    A harmonious future for profits, pine and at-risk species along the Florida-Alabama line

    May 9, 2017 | 7 minute readPace, 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...

    A field of young longleaf pine at the Coastal Headwaters Forest. Photo by Dan Chapman, USFWS.

  • A head-on photograph of two grey fighter jets flying in formation with a blue sky and clouds in the background.

    Biologists on bases: Fish and Wildlife joins the military

    April 26, 2017 | 6 minute readMelanie 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...

    Two F-22 Raptors from Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., fly in formation. Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Thomas Meneguin, U.S. Air Force.


  • Two young ladies showing off awards from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    Rutherford High School students complete summer YCC program

    August 23, 2017 | 1 minute readThe Fish and Wildlife Service, Panama City Field Office congratulates Rutherford High School students Sabrina and Starr Myers for a productive and successful summer as a member of the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC). This federally funded youth employment program facilitated by the Department of Interior, gives local high school student and opportunity for hands on experience working with endangered species and scientific research through civic engagement. Starr and Sabrina worked with biologist specializing in Gulf sturgeon, beach mice, sea turtles, Flatwood salamander and freshwater mussels. Read the full story...

    Sabrina and Starr Myers celebrate completion of a Youth Conservation Corps internship. Photo by USFWS.

  • Summer youth employment at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

    July 19, 2017 | 1 minute readInstead of the typical summer high school job flipping burgers or waiting tables, Sabrina and Star will work side by side with biologists working to achieve the Service’s mission for federal trust species including gulf sturgeon, gopher tortoises and sea turtles. Read the full story...

  • A small black snake with sparse white scales coiled in an outstretched hand.

    A recovery milestone: Threatened eastern indigo snake reintroduced to Florida Panhandle

    July 17, 2017 | 4 minute readTallahassee, 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...

    A juvenile eastern indigo snake.

  • Three small black bear cubs yawning in unison.

    2017 Endangered Species Day Events

    May 19, 2017 | 3 minute readThe 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...

    Louisiana black bear cubs. Photo by Brad Young, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

  • A large grey bird flying in front of a bright blue sky.

    May 19th is Endangered Species Day

    May 19, 2017 | 4 minute readEndangered 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...

    Brown pelican. Photo by Jon. D. Anderson CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

  • Two dark gray mussels with striations on a red towel next to a ruler for scale.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service extends protections to rare mussel in Suwannee River basin

    October 5, 2016 | 3 minute readThe 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...

    Suwannee moccasinshells. Photo by USFWS.

  • A large, dinosaur like fish with ridges on its back and two small feelers extending from its mouth.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues biological opinion for Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River basin

    October 5, 2016 | 3 minute readPANAMA CITY, FL - 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...

    Gulf sturgeon. Photo by Kayla Kimmel, USFWS.

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