Sep 292015

The Fish and Wildlife Service will propose listing 49 plants and animals from the Hawaiian islands as endangered, and the Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake, known from 10 states, and the elfin-woods warbler, a bird species in Puerto Rico, as threatened. (links go to more info.)

The proposals are in three separate notices to be published Wednesday, Sept. 30. A table with the Hawaiian species is below. More on the rattlesnake is at FWS did not propose critical habitat for the rattlesnake.

Michigan DNR page on rattlesnake

Click on the pic to go to the snake's own web page

"The historical range documented for eastern massasauga rattlesnakes included western New York, western Pennsylvania, the lower peninsula and on Bois Blanc Island in Michigan, the northern two-thirds of Ohio and Indiana, the northern three-quarters of Illinois, the southern half of Wisconsin, extreme southeast Minnesota, east-central Missouri, the eastern third of Iowa, and far southwestern Ontario, Canada," FWS said in the proposed rule.

FWS said the current range "still reflects this distribution," but it is more restricted than in 1999, when the eastern massasauga rattlesnake was first identified as a candidate species, "because populations in central and western Missouri have since been reclassified as western massasauga rattlesnakes."

The Hawaiian species include 39 plants and 10 animals. Of the second group, seven are bees.

Sage-grouse decision: Not warranted (Links)

 Posted by on September 22, 2015
Sep 222015

The Interior Department announced the decision, ahead of a formal announcement and press conference in Colorado at noon ET (10 MT). (click the link to go to a video announcement.) DOI sage-grouse page |  DOI release  |  NRCS release More links (and scroll down for releases from National Audubon Society, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, WildEarth […]

Sep 212015

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, joined by four Western governors, the directors of the Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Geological Survey, and the chiefs of the Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service, “will make a major announcement related to the historic conservation effort for the greater sage-grouse” in Colorado tomorrow. […]

Sep 182015

An array of environmental and social justice groups called on the Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service to withdraw proposed regulations that would add steps to the Endangered Species Act’s listing petition process. In a letter to FWS Director Dan Ashe and NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan, 175 groups said the proposed changes […]

Sep 172015

The service also found that petitions for two species — Stephens’ kangaroo rat and the Cahaba pebblesnail — did not merit further review. Stephens’ kangaroo rat is listed as endangered, so the petition was to delist. The full Federal Register notice is here More links FWS national press release (Word doc, Sept. 17, 2015) HTML […]

Sep 112015
No listing for New England cottontail, FWS decides

The 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 […]

Sep 022015
Permian Basin Petroleum Assn. press release on LPC decision

The following release is from the Permian Basin Petroleum Association. U.S. District Court Finds for PBPA, Vacates Lesser Prairie Chicken Listing September 2, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Midland, Texas) Yesterday, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas granted summary judgment in favor of the Permian Basin Petroleum Association and vacated the U.S. […]

Aug 062015

New 4(d) rule on Public Inspection (to be published tomorrow in Federal Register) PRESS RELEASE (8/6/2015) Service Approves Special Rule for Georgetown Salamander Special Rule Supports a Local Solution to Conservation of the Georgetown Salamander The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved a final rule for the Georgetown salamander under section 4(d) of the […]

May 182015

Filing a listing petition would not be as easy as it traditionally has been, under a new proposal  announced today by the Fish and Wildlife and National Marine Fisheries services. In a move that could be interpreted as a response to congressional criticism that the FWS gives state input short shrift, FWS is proposing that […]