On October 5th, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) listed the Kentucky Arrow Darter, a small colorful fish found in high-gradient streams in Eastern Kentucky, as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In addition to listing the Kentucky Arrow Darter as threatened, the USFWS identified critical habitat for the species in Breathitt, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knott, Lee, Leslie, Owsley, Perry and Wolfe Counties in Eastern Kentucky. Approximately 70% of the streams designated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as Kentucky Arrow Darter critical habitat run through private property. Under the Endangered Species Act, federally funded or permitted actions proposed in these critical habitat areas will require consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service prior to engaging in such an activity. This listing becomes effective November 4th, 2016.
Josiah Frey is an Environmental Scientist at Smith Management Group. Josiah can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org