U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Service Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Listing of Six Mussels in Central Texas

Protections for central Texas mussels will improve water quality and health of streams and rivers, to benefit diverse wildlife, local communities and businesses Based on recently completed Species Status Assessments (SSAs), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to protect six central Texas mussels under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and designate critical habitat for each. The Service is proposing to list as endangered the Texas pimpleback, Guadalupe orb, Texas fatmucket, Guadalupe fatmucket and […]

Critical Texas waterfowl habitat gets a boost

DU awarded $1.5 million NAWCA grant for wetlands restoration in coastal Texas Ducks Unlimited (DU) was recently awarded a $1.5 million North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to support restoration work in the Chenier Plain Initiative Area of the Gulf Coast Joint Venture. The restoration work will take place on McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge and J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area. The NAWCA grant will be combined with $3 million in matching funds from the […]

Texas Comptroller’s Office Hosting Virtual Meeting to Provide Updates on Endangered Species Research, Listing Decisions

On Oct. 15, the Comptroller’s office will host a virtual meeting to provide updates on endangered species research and policy in East Texas. The meeting also will inform industry leaders, government agencies, local stakeholders and scientists about U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) status assessments and plans for more than a dozen species under review, including the western chicken turtle. Unprecedented cooperation between these groups in the last six months, facilitated through the Comptroller’s East Texas […]