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Several dozen visitors surround a fast moving stream looking for trout.

21st annual Kids’ Fishing Rodeo a success

June 19, 2018 | 2 minute readOn June 9, a total of 2,000 nine inch rainbow and 10 large display rainbow trout and brook trout were released in the creek below the Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery in Celina, Tennessee, for the 21st annual Kids’ Fishing Rodeo. Held in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week, the Rodeo is open to young people 15 and under. Some of the large display fish were caught during the event. Learn more...

The fishing rodeo drew a large crowd. Photo by Andrew Currie, USFWS.

A woman wearing a warm hat preparing to plant a tiny spruce tree seedling.

Women lead the effort on Appalachian mountain-top forests

May 24, 2018 | 8 minute readThe story of an ambitious effort to restore red spruce to the Southern Appalachians spearheaded by four women brought together by a commitment to the highest peaks east of the Mississippi River. Learn more...

Sue Cameron plants a red spruce at Whigg Meadow in Tennessee. Photo by Garry Peeples, USFWS.

Three fluffy grey birds appear sleeping in a nest.

A young life saved

April 30, 2018 | 5 minute readWas that fishing line in the nest? A worried eagle watcher clicked on the website’s email link and started writing. Then, a second time: click! The email went winging. It landed in Al Cecere’s inbox. He read it and turned to his computer. Cecere called up the site where two cameras offered unblinking looks at three eaglets born in the top of a Tennessee oak tree. Yes, monofilament. And that meant the 3-week-old bald eagles or their parents were in danger of swallowing the line – or, worse, ingesting a lure or hook. Learn more...

The eaglet and its siblings live in a tree not far from Sevierville, Tennessee. Photo by American Eagle Foundation.

A half dozen large silver fish jumping out of the water to a height of six feet.

A war in the water

March 19, 2018 | 8 minute readEastport, Mississippi — This stretch of the Tennessee River is considered the most aquatically biodiverse in the nation, teeming with sportfish and at-risk snails and mussels. Locals boast that Pickwick Lake, where Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee come together, is “the smallmouth bass capital of the world.” Catfish and buffalo fill commercial angler’s nets. Marinas lining the reservoir’s roads attest to Pickwick’s huge economic impact. Yet the Tennessee River, and a way of life, is under siege. Learn more...

School of jumping silver carp. Photo by Ryan Hagerty, USFWS.


A bright green irrodescent fish in a small blue net.

Proposed listing of the Barrens topminnow

January 3, 2018 | 7 minute readWhat 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...

Barrens topminnow. Photo by Emily Granstaff, USFWS.


A small, straw-yellow colored fish with brown markings

Cumberland darter draft recovery plan available for review

April 2, 2018 | 3 minute readThe 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...

Photo by Jeremy Shute, Conservation Fisheries, Inc.

Secretary Zinke announces more that $1.1 billion for sportsmen and conservation

March 20, 2018 | 4 minute readHoricon, Wisconsin – Today U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke traveled to Horicon, Wisconsin, where he announced more than $1.1 billion in annual national funding for state wildlife agencies from revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration (PRDJ) acts. The Secretary presented a ceremonial check to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for $34,966,603 while visiting the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area. Download state-by-state listings of the final Fiscal Year 2018 apportionments of the Wildlife Restoration Program fund and the Sport Fish Restoration Program fund. Read the full story...

A bright green irrodescent fish in a small blue net.

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

January 3, 2018 | 4 minute readThe 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...

Barrens topminnow. Photo by Emily Granstaff, USFWS.

A cluster of carnivorious plant heads with bright red/orange mouths.

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

December 19, 2017 | 5 minute readMore 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...

Venus flytrap. Photo by Jennifer Koches, USFWS.

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