Press Releases

Viewing recent news releases in program Southeast Region .

Lawsuit Launched Over Critical Habitat Delay for Threatened Louisiana Pinesnake

February 21, 2024

NEW ORLEANS— The Center for Biological Diversity notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today that it intends to sue over the agency’s failure to finalize critical habitat for the Louisiana pinesnake.

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Endangered Species Act Protections Sought for American Horseshoe Crabs

February 12, 2024

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.— The Center for Biological Diversity and 22 partner organizations petitioned NOAA Fisheries today to list the American horseshoe crab as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. Horseshoe crab populations have crashed in recent decades because of overharvesting and habitat loss.

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Lawsuit Seeks to Protect Nantahala National Forest From Logging

January 31, 2024

ASHEVILLE, N.C.— Conservation groups have sued the U.S. Forest Service, arguing that the agency’s plans to log a sensitive area of the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina violate federal law.

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Rare Appalachian Salamander Moves Closer to Endangered Species Protection

January 24, 2024

CHARLESTON, W.Va.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it would consider protecting the yellow-spotted woodland salamander under the Endangered Species Act. The agency now has 12 months to decide whether to protect the salamander, which only lives in an Appalachian rock outcrops targeted by coal mining.

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EPA to Consider Adding Chapel Hill Coal Ash Dump to Superfund Cleanup List

January 22, 2024

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted the Center for Biological Diversity’s petition requesting that the agency investigate whether the town of Chapel Hill’s coal ash dump should be cleaned up under the national Superfund program. The contaminated property at issue in the EPA’s Jan. 12 decision is surrounded by housing, businesses and wildlife habitat.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Rare North Carolina Salamander

January 18, 2024

ASHEVILLE, N.C.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today of its intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to decide whether the Hickory Nut Gorge green salamander could warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Rare Appalachian Salamander

January 17, 2024

CHARLESTON, W.Va.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today of its intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to decide whether the yellow-spotted woodland salamander could warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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North Atlantic Right Whale Calf, Member of Critically Endangered Species, Likely to Die From Vessel Strike Injuries

January 10, 2024

EDISTO, S.C.— A two-month-old right whale calf whose head, mouth and lips were split open by a boat propeller was seen off South Carolina on Jan. 6. Fishermen who sighted the calf recognized the whale was injured and provided video and images to NOAA Fisheries.

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Lawsuit Seeks to Protect Candy Darter From West Virginia Coal Hauling

January 10, 2024

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups sued the U.S. Forest Service today for failing to protect streams in the Cherry River watershed from the harmful effects of coal hauling in the Monongahela National Forest. Coal hauling imperils the critically endangered candy darter as well as nearby habitat for other endangered species.

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Wide-Ranging Fish Petitioned for Endangered Species Act Protections

January 9, 2024

MOBILE, Ala.— The Center for Biological Diversity and 12 partner organizations petitioned NOAA Fisheries today to list the Alabama shad as an endangered species. The Alabama shad has disappeared from 90% of its range, and its few remaining populations are declining steeply.

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Rare Alabama Fish Proposed for Endangered Species Protection

December 20, 2023

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— Following 13 years of advocacy by the Center for Biological Diversity and allies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect coal darters as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

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Rare West Virginia Salamander Proposed for Endangered Species Protection

December 19, 2023

CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Following 13 years of advocacy by the Center for Biological Diversity and allies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect the West Virginia spring salamander as endangered. The Service also proposed designating 2.2 miles of caves and streams in Greenbrier County as critical habitat for the endangered salamander.

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Reward Raised to $10,000 for Info on Tennessee Bald Eagle Shooting

December 18, 2023

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— The Center for Biological Diversity today increased the reward to $10,000 for information leading to a conviction for the illegal shooting of a bald eagle in eastern Tennessee.

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Lawsuit Filed to Save Imperiled Appalachian Species From Coal Mining

November 8, 2023

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Center for Biological Diversity and Appalachian Voices today sued the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to protect highly imperiled wildlife from the devastating harms of coal mining in Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia.

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Petition Seeks Endangered Species Act Protection for Coastal Black-Throated Green Warbler

November 7, 2023

WILMINGTON, N.C.— The Center for Biological Diversity and partners today filed a legal petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the coastal black-throated green warbler (also known as Wayne’s warbler) under the Endangered Species Act. As few as 1,000 of these colorful birds remain in only a few fragmented wetland forests in the Carolinas and Virginia.

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Female Horseshoe Crabs Spared for Another Year in Delaware Bay

October 19, 2023

DOVER, Del.— The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission decided this week to forgo a 2024 bait harvest of female horseshoe crabs in Delaware Bay, where the crabs’ eggs provide a critical food source for endangered migratory shorebirds.

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EPA Pressed to Add Chapel Hill Coal Ash Dump to Superfund List

October 17, 2023

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— The Center for Biological Diversity today petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to investigate whether the town of Chapel Hill’s coal ash dump should be cleaned up under the national Superfund program.

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Lawsuit Challenges ‘Nonessential’ Designation of Last Wild Red Wolf Population

October 4, 2023

RALEIGH, N.C.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit today challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to classify the world’s last wild population of red wolves as ‘nonessential.’

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Lawsuit Seeks Endangered Species Protection for Rare Fish in Georgia, Tennessee

September 27, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for denying Endangered Species Act protection to the bridled darter.

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Endangered Species Protection Sought for Rare Cave Millipede in Virginia

September 19, 2023

BLACKSBURG, Va.— The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to protect the Ellett Valley millipede under the Endangered Species Act.

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Ohio to Consider Strongest Clean Water Act Protections for Two Rivers

September 7, 2023

COLUMBUS, Ohio— The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it will consider recategorizing Big Darby Creek and Little Darby Creek as Outstanding National Resource Waters — the strongest level of protection under the Clean Water Act.

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Four Freshwater Mussels, One Crayfish Proposed for Endangered Species Protection

August 21, 2023

NASHVILLE, Tenn.— In response to a legal petition and lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect four freshwater mussels and a crayfish under the Endangered Species Act. The Center and its allies petitioned for protection of all five species in 2010.

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Rare Alabama Mussel Saved From Certain Extinction

August 17, 2023

STEELE, Ala.— The Center for Biological Diversity and allies celebrated a win today when Alabama Power filed a petition to surrender its preliminary permit for the Chandler Mountain pumped storage project.

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North Carolina’s Magnificent Ramshorn Snail Receives Endangered Species Act Protections

August 17, 2023

WILMINGTON, N.C.— In response to a petition and lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today issued a final rule protecting North Carolina’s magnificent ramshorn snail as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The agency also designated two ponds and 739 acres in the Cape Fear River watershed as critical habitat for the snail.

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Reward Raised to $15,000 for Information on Red Wolf Killing in North Carolina

August 14, 2023

RALEIGH, N.C.— The Center for Biological Diversity today increased the reward to $15,000 for information leading to a successful prosecution in the illegal killing of an endangered red wolf in Washington County, North Carolina.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Nantahala-Pisgah Forest in North Carolina From Destructive Logging

July 26, 2023

ASHEVILLE, N.C.— Conservation groups filed a formal notice of their intent to sue the U.S. Forest Service to protect the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest from a disastrous forest plan that threatens imperiled species, including endangered bats.

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Lawsuit Launched Over Denial of Endangered Species Protection to Bridled Darter

July 25, 2023

ATLANTA, Ga.— The Center for Biological Diversity has just notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service it intends to sue the agency for denying Endangered Species Act protection to a fish called the bridled darter.

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Dozens of Southern Animals, Plants Closer to Endangered Species Protections

July 24, 2023

WASHINGTON— In response to a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today agreed to issue long overdue decisions on whether 31 Southeast and two Southwest animals and plants warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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Hundreds of Different Species Identified in Craggy Mountains BioBlitz in North Carolina

July 18, 2023

ASHEVILLE, N.C.— The Center for Biological Diversity and its partners recently completed a bioblitz in the proposed Craggy National Scenic Area that identified more than 1,600 organisms and 647 species. Dozens of expert naturalists and hundreds of community scientists teamed up to explore the Craggy Mountains in North Carolina and identify as many plant and animal species as possible.

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Rare Southern Mussel Proposed for Endangered Species Protections

June 20, 2023

COLUMBUS, Ga.— Following a decade of advocacy by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to list the southern elktoe mussel as endangered. The Service also proposed to designate 578 river miles in Alabama, Georgia and Florida as critical habitat.

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