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  • Two dozen or more conservationists gather for a discussion at high altitude on a cold, foggy morning.
    Information icon Service biologist, Sue Cameron, gives instructions on planting red spruce. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Mapping the sky islands

    October 9, 2019 | 7 minute read

    Asheville, North Carolina — On November 24, 1983, a Cessna 414A left Chicago en route to Sylva, North Carolina, a small town just south of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The plane’s last radar contact showed an altitude of 6,100 feet. About a mile later, at an altitude of about 6,000 feet, it crashed into the ridge between Waterrock Knob and Mount Lynn Lowery, in North Carolina’s Plott Balsam Mountains — the last mountain range before descending to Sylva.  Learn more...


  • A bird of prey flying over a wetland.
    Information icon Everglades snail kite at Lake Kissimmee, Florida. Photo by South Florida Wetland Management District.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year status reviews of 36 Southeastern species

    April 11, 2019 | 6 minute read

    As part of the process mandated by the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct five-year status reviews of 36 endangered or threatened fish, wildlife, and plants. They are found in the Southeastern United States and Puerto Rico. The public is invited to provide information and comments concerning these species on or before June 10, 2019. These five-year reviews will ensure listing classifications under the ESA are accurate, and recommend changes in status where appropriate based on the latest science and analysis.  Read the full story...


  • A man wearing a backwards highland brewing company hat.
    Highland Brewing Company supporting mountain conservation. Cattail Peak hike, June 2010. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Highland Brewing Company steps up to help high elevation habitat

    June 8, 2010 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature It’s no secret that Asheville has established itself as a beer capital of the country, and the anchor of that status is Highland Brewing Company, the largest and oldest brewer in town. At the beginning of the summer, Highland will begin distributing its summer seasonal beer, Cattail Peak Wheat. Cattail Peak sits in the Black Mountains, just north of the highest mountain in the Eastern United States – Mount Mitchell.  Learn more...

  • A yellow and black bee lands on a bright pink/purple flower.
    Bee at a Heller’s blazing star flower. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Poaching a threat to our natural heritage

    January 19, 2010 | 2 minute read

    Transcript A South Dakota man was recently convicted in federal court for smuggling leopard parts into the United States in a case that exposed illegal hunting in South Africa and the laundering of rare animal parts through Zimbabwe. However, illegal trade in plants and animals is not limited to cats from Africa or orchids from South America. Sadly, it happens right here in the Southern Appalachians as well. The region is home to the bog turtle, North America’s smallest turtle, and the victim of a vibrant trade in rare reptiles despite being federally protected.  Learn more...

  • Rock gnome lichen

    June 5, 2009 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. An untrained eye would be completely oblivious to its presence. It would look nearly indistinguishable from the other lichens growing on the high, exposed rock face, and you would never know you were looking at an endangered species. The rock gnome lichen is one of only two lichens on the federal list of threatened and endangered species and is found exclusively in the Southern Appalachians.  Learn more...

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