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Trump Administration Charged with Weakening Endangered Species Protections to Favor Coal

Environmental groups plan to sue federal and state agencies for allegedly conspiring to weaken endangered species protections in West Virginia.

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Agency Says Hellbenders Not Endangered

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided not to list the Eastern Hellbender salamander as endangered, prompting protest from conservation groups.

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Endangered Species Act Threatened

New guidelines from the Trump Administration alongside a congressional package of nine bills would bring massive changes to the Endangered Species Act.

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House Version of Farm Bill Guts Environmental Protections

The U.S. House of Representative’s version of the 2018 Omnibus Farm Bill would roll back protections for endangered species, water and public lands.

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Endangered Species Act Faces Threats

The Endangered Species Act, which protects endangered and threatened species of plants and animals, is under threat from members of the U.S. Congress hoping to limit its reach.

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Protecting a unique Kentucky fish from mountaintop removal coal mining

Kentucky arrow darter photo by Dr. Matthew R. Thomas, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

The eye-catching Kentucky arrow darter was just listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, largely due to water pollution from activities like surface coal mining. Increased protection for this rare fish will lead to healthier ecosystems and communities.

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Critters at Risk

The temperate forests of central and southern Appalachia are home to thousands of species of plants and animals, many of which are found nowhere else on earth. But climate change, pollution and loss of habitat are putting many of these creatures at risk of extinction.

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