Tag: Endangered Species Act

2017 ASCE Infrastructure Report Card – What It Means For Kentucky

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) recently gave American Infrastructure an overall grade of D+ after reviewing the state of American roads, bridges, shipping, and water infrastructure. The report also gives a breakdown of challenges for each state. One challenge highlighted in Kentucky is the need for a combined investment of $12.44 billion in […]

Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Listed As Endangered

On January 11th, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) listed the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). According the USFWS1, the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee has experienced an 87% decline since the late 1990’s, which led to the listing. The USFWS has identified disease, pesticides, climate change, habitat […]

Kentucky Arrow Darter Listed as Threatened

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, […]

The "White Fringeless Orchid" is Added to the Endangered Species List in Kentucky

Developers in the Kentucky Counties of Laurel, McCreary, Pulaski, and Whitley County should take note of a newly listed (U.S. Fish and Wildlife) endangered species.  The white fringeless orchid is a plant species that occurs in those counties and in other locations in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee.  Threats to the white fringeless […]

SMG Receives US FWS Training

SMG has been busy keeping up to date on the latest changes in the regulatory world.  Recently I attended a training course at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s National Conservation Training Center focusing on endangered species consultation.  The week-long course provided an extensive review of the responsibilities of federal agencies and applicants when seeking approval […]