Remembering Rich Guadagno on 9/11

 Posted by on September 11, 2015
Sep 112015

As I try to do every year, I'm posting a brief tribute to Rich Guadagno, a Fish and Wildlife Service refuge manager (and enforcement agent) who died on United Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001.

A New Jersey native, Guadagno was the only passenger who actually had been trained as a law enforcement agent, and was known for his fearlessness, as when he arrested a man who had been shooting up kiosks and signs at Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

Gaudagno was not armed.

Speculating about his role on Flight 93, Dave Paullin, his supervisor at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. said, "Richard would have been one of the ones to intervene."

Rich Guadagno (from

Some more links

ESWR post from 2012

ESWR Sept 2001 issue, with story on Guadagno (see page 5)

Link to piece by Guadagno's girlfriend, Diqui LaPenta

USFWS remembers Rich Guadagno

United Flight 93 heroes

National Park Service link

San Francisco Bay Area Flight 93 memorial page

Jacksonville father remembers son killed in 9/11 attacks (by Lewis Turner)

Dedication of national recreation trail in Oregon as Rich Guadagno Memorial Trail

Condolences on (will remain on site permanently)

Sep 112015

petercottontailFINAL3kwThe Fish and Wildlife Service has decided that listing the New England cottontail is not warranted, according to a 12-month finding that went on Public Inspection with the Federal Register today. It will be officially published Sept. 15.

The 12-month finding made its appearance the same day that Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and New Hampshire Senator Gov. Jeanne Shaheen announced a conservation partnership in Dover, N.H., to protect the rabbit.

In essence, range-wide conservation efforts aimed at protecting thousands of acres of habitat are the basis for the decision not to list.

“We can now say that future generations of Americans will know the cottontail,” Jewell told the Boston Globe before traveling to New Hampshire to release cottontails raised in captivity onto private land. “This is a great Endangered Species Act success story.”

"Approximately 10,500 New England cottontails now live in a priority area, which brings the recovery effort three-quarters of the way towards the goal of 13,500 cottontails in healthy, young forest landscapes by 2030. Habitat projects are also producing increased numbers of cottontails," according to a joint press release.

But the release also states that "today, this once-common native species survives in five isolated populations across Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island."

“Our work is not finished,” FWS Northeast Regional Director Wendi Weber said. “We and our partners are committed to seeing this initiative through. We’re still seeking help from landowners willing to make and maintain young forest and shrubland habitat. In most places, this type of habitat will depend on our careful and ongoing management.”

In its evaluation of conservation efforts, FWS concluded "there is a high level of certainty that the parties [to the conservation effort] will obtain the required amount of voluntary participation needed to provide for the habitat needs of the New England cottontail."

Those parties are:

  • Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW)
  • New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (NHFGD)
  • Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MDFW)
  • Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM)
  • Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP)
  • New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC)
  • USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
  • Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)

The website for the conservation partnership is

NRCS status report

FWS cottontail page


A petition to list the rabbit was filed in 2000 by Biodiversity Legal Foundation, Conservation Action Project, Endangered Small Animals Conservation Fund and Defenders of Wildlife. The service issued a positive 90-day finding on June 30, 2004, after receiving two notices of intent to sue from Defenders.

On Sept. 12, 2006, FWS said listing the cottontail was warranted, but precluded by higher-priority listing actions.

The cottontail is also known as the gray rabbit, brush rabbit, wood hare, or cooney.