Tag: Endangered Species


Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Proposed Endangered Species

On September 21st, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) proposed listing the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee as an endangered species. The Rusty Patched Bumble Bee represents one of 46 bumble bee species in North America and has reportedly seen an approximately 91 percent population decline since the early 1990s. It was once abundant in […]


Proposed Species De-Listing in Eastern Kentucky

On Monday, August 31st, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it is moving forward with a plan to de-list the white-haired goldenrod plant from the threatened and endangered species list. The plant is only found in Menifee, Powell, and Wolfe counties in eastern Kentucky and has been listed as threatened since 1988. Additionally, […]


The Northern Long-eared Bat 4(d) Rule – What Does it Mean?

While Northern Long-eared Bat listing went into effect earlier this month, the real question people are asking is “what does the 4(d) rule mean for me?”  As part of the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is authorized under Section 4(d) to issue regulations to conserve threatened species.  In the case of […]


Northern Long-eared Bat Listed as Threatened

Today, the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced a long awaited decision in which they listed the northern long-eared bat as “threatened.”  They did so with an interim 4(d) rule under the Endangered Species Act.  This announcement comes after the USFWS downgraded their proposed listing from “endangered” to “threatened” in January (see http://www.smithmanage.com/wp/2015/01/26/usfws-alters-course-on-bat-listing/).    While the difference […]


Monarch Butterfly Pre-Review Comment Closing

In a move that could have significant ramifications for Midwest landowners and farmers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced on December 31st, 2014 that it will consider the monarch butterfly for listing as a threatened or endangered species. Now, the 60-day window to submit scientific and commercial data for the species is coming […]