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  • Conserving imperiled aquatic species in the Upper Tennessee River Basin

    May 5, 2016 | 1 minute read

    A team of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service scientists, with assistance from U.S. Geological Survey, have developed a collaborative conservation strategy examining cost-effective approaches for efforts to conserve and manage 36 imperiled freshwater fish and mussel species in the 22,360 square-mile Upper Tennessee River Basin. The strategy identifies aquatic species conservation objectives and recommends a management approach for conserving and recovering prioritized species and locations across the basin.  Learn more...


  • A bright green irrodescent fish in a small blue net.
    Information icon Barrens topminnow. Photo by Emily Granstaff, USFWS.

    Proposed listing of the Barrens topminnow

    January 3, 2018 | 7 minute read

    What action is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service taking? We are proposing to list the Barrens topminnow as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). What does it mean when a species is listed as endangered? A species is listed in one of two categories: endangered or threatened. An endangered species is one that is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range.  Learn more...


  • A small, straw-yellow colored fish with brown markings
    Information icon Photo by Jeremy Shute, Conservation Fisheries, Inc.

    Cumberland darter draft recovery plan available for review

    April 2, 2018 | 3 minute read

    The Cumberland darter is a pencil-sized fish that lives in the Upper Cumberland River Basin in Kentucky and Tennessee. It is endangered and protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is releasing a draft recovery plan for the fish. The public is invited to submit comments concerning the draft recovery plan through June 4, 2018. The Cumberland darter lives in pools and shallow runs of streams with sand-covered river bottoms in that basin.  Read the full story...

  • A bright green irrodescent fish in a small blue net.
    Information icon Barrens topminnow. Photo by Emily Granstaff, USFWS.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes endangered status for Barrens topminnow

    January 3, 2018 | 4 minute read

    The Barrens Plateau is home to a beautiful, iridescent fish that rarely grows longer than four inches and is found in only a few creeks and springs in four Tennessee counties. That little fish is now in trouble, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to help protect it as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Barrens topminnow has suffered from introduction of the non-native western mosquitofish, which has invaded the minnow’s habitat, outcompeting it for food and directly preying on young topminnows.  Read the full story...

  • A cluster of carnivorious plant heads with bright red/orange mouths.
    Information icon Venus flytrap. Photo by Jennifer Koches, USFWS.

    Bat, snail, and popular plant may need endangered species protection

    December 19, 2017 | 5 minute read

    More research is needed on three species before U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials can determine whether to add them to the threatened and endangered species list. More scientific and commercial information will be compiled for the Venus flytrap, located in the Carolinas; oblong rocksnail, located in Alabama; and tricolored bat, located in 38 states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The Service and its partners will continue to research the species’ life history, biological requirements and habitats to develop a Species Status Assessment (SSA) and 12-month finding.  Read the full story...

  • A small fish with dark stripes on a yellow tinged back and white belly.
    Information icon Blackfin sucker. Photo by Matthew Thomas, KDFWR.

    Endangered Species Act protections not needed for Southeastern fish and crayfish

    December 5, 2017 | 2 minute read

    A crayfish found in sinkholes and freshwater spring caves in the Florida panhandle and a small fish found in clear headwater streams of the Upper Barren River System in Kentucky and Tennessee, do not warrant listing under the Endangered Species Act.  Read the full story...

  • A yellow and black bumble bee perched on a white flower.
    Rusty-patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis). Photo by Dan Mullen, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

    In a race against extinction, rusty patched bumble bee is listed as endangered

    January 10, 2017 | 4 minute read

    Just 20 years ago, the rusty patched bumble bee was a common sight, so ordinary that it went almost unnoticed as it moved from flower to flower, collecting nectar and pollen. But the species, now balancing precariously on the brink of extinction, has become the first-ever bumble bee in the United States – and the first bee of any kind in the contiguous 48 states – to be declared endangered.  Read the full story...

  • A sloped, rocky stream in winter.
    Stream in Rhea, TN. Photo by Chris Morris CC BY 2.0.

    Recovery plan available for endangered laurel dace

    November 10, 2016 | 4 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is announcing the final Recovery Plan for the laurel dace, a federally listed endangered fish. The laurel dace is a small fish native to the Tennessee River Basin in Tennessee that survives in three creek systems on the Walden Ridge of the Cumberland Plateau. Only a few individuals have been found from headwaters of two creek systems in the southern part of its range, Soddy and Sale creeks, while laurel dace are more abundant in headwaters of the Piney River system in its northern range.  Read the full story...

  • Biologists crowd around a seine.
    Services biologists search through a seine for signs of Chucky madtom. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Chucky madtom draft recovery plan available for review

    October 31, 2016 | 3 minute read

    The Chucky madtom’s recovery now has a road map and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is looking for your input before it is finalized to be sure it gives conservationists the best chance to ensure the rare catfish once again thrives in East Tennessee. A comment period for interested citizens, landowners, scientists, conservation groups, and businesses, will open on November 2, 2016, and close on January 3, 2017. “The Chucky madtom is extremely rare and hard to find in the wild with most likely fewer than 100 remaining,” said Leopoldo Miranda, the Service’s Assistant Regional Director for Ecological Services in the Southeast Region.  Read the full story...

  • Tall stems extending from the forest floor give way to bright white dangling flowers.
    White fringeless orchid. Photo by USFWS.

    Southeastern orchid placed on federal threatened and endangered species list

    September 13, 2016 | 5 minute read

    Cookeville, Tennessee – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is adding the white fringeless orchid to the federal list of threatened and endangered species, as a threatened species to protect and conserve the rare plant. While the orchid is found in six Southern states – Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and Mississippi - populations are small, isolated, and face a wide array of threats across their range. Because of the threat of collection, the Service is not designating critical habitat for this plant.  Read the full story...

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