One of the worst chapters of the global extinction crisis is playing out in America’s Southeast, a region that rivals the rainforests with its staggering array of aquatic biodiversity.
Two imperiled crayfish will have more protected habitat in Appalachian streams if a plan by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is approved. The agency is taking public comment now.
In December, the U.S. Forest Service cancelled a 2,400-acre logging plan in West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest after environmental groups challenged the project.
An Alabama land trust purchased 500 acres of land containing the habitat of the threatened spring pygmy sunfish. The move is part of an agreement between environmentalists and a car company building a construction plant nearby.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed to grant critical habitat for four endangered mussel species in 18 states by 2024.
Two environmental groups are pressuring the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the Monarch butterfly.