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Plan Title Plan Stage Plan Lead Region (FWS) Plan Lead Office (FWS) Species Common Name Species Scientific Name Action Priority Action Number Action Description Action Status Estimated Initiation Date Estimated Completion Date Action Lead Agencies Responsible Parties Work Types Labor Types Comments Implementation Activity Number Implementation Activity Description Implementation Activity Status Implementation Activity Estimated Initiation Date Implementation Activity Estimated Completion Date Implementation Activity Labor Types Implementation Activity Work Types Implementation Activity Responsible Parties Implementation Activity Comments Implementation Activity Species
Watercress Darter RF(2) 4 Mississippi Ecological Services Field Office (601) 965-4900 Watercress darter Etheostoma nuchale 1 1 Monitor habitat and populations Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Division, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Research Research: Population Surveys, Research: Habitat Status, Research: Habitat Requirements, Research: Management Techniques, Research: Taxonomic Studies, Research: Demographic Studies, Research: Predation, Research: Competition, Research: Disease, Research: Environmental Contaminants, Research: Other Information, Research: Genetics Volunteer, Graduate Student, Species Expert, Contract, Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Field Assistance, Internal Administrative Populations are monitored yearly (seasonaly) by biologist from Birmingham Southern College, Tennesse Aquarium and Univ. of Alabama. In 2012 populations in Seven Springs have appeared to have declined in relation to the change in vegetation due to canopy cover blocking sunlight penetration and retarding plant growth (2012). Populations at 7 Springs has rebounded (Late Spring 2016 Drennen and Howell) since the removal of vegetation shading (Winter 2016). Populations at Roebuck Springs appear to be rebounding (2012 and 2016). Additional tradegy in 2013 resulted in loss of individuals in spring run at Roebuck springs efforts are on going to safegaurd spring system. Drennen, Howell and Abrams discovered new population of watercress darters in Cunningham Creek, Pinson AL.(2016). This is a new watershed for the species and is believed not connected to previous range. Ongoing survey of entire range by the Tennessee Aquarium (Kuhajda)
Watercress Darter RF(2) 4 Mississippi Ecological Services Field Office (601) 965-4900 Watercress darter Etheostoma nuchale 1 2.1 Study habitat degradation Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Division, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Alabama Department of Environmental Management, Research , National Wildlife Refuge , USFWS Regional Office 4 - Atlanta Research: Habitat Status, Research: Habitat Requirements Volunteer, Graduate Student, Species Expert, Contract, Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Field Assistance, Internal Administrative Studies continue of vegatation changes in relation to watercerss darters in Seven Springs , Thomas Spring (WNWR) and Roebuck Springs. Passed tresspassing by researchers into Glenn Springs has limited availability. Recent meetings between Drennen and landowner has loosened restrictions into Glenn Springs (2012). Second violation by the City of Birmingham in 2013 resulted in death of < 1000 individuals at Roebuck Springs. Meetings with city in 2016 have shown coordination of efforts to watchgauard springs.
Watercress Darter RF(2) 4 Mississippi Ecological Services Field Office (601) 965-4900 Watercress darter Etheostoma nuchale 1 2.4 Implement corrective action Ongoing Current FY 2015 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Division, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Alabama Department of Environmental Management, National Wildlife Refuge , USFWS Regional Office 4 - Atlanta Acquisition: General, Acquisition: Lease, Acquisition: Easement, Acquisition: Management Agreement, Acquisition: Fee Title, Acquisition: Other, Management: General, Management: Habitat Maintenance and Manipulation, Management: Planning, Management: Land Use, Other: Information and Education, Other: Law Enforcement, Other: Regulations, Other: Administration, Research: Habitat Status, Research: Habitat Requirements, Research: Management Techniques Volunteer, Graduate Student, Species Expert, Contract, Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Field Assistance, Internal Administrative As determined by 2.1 Gains have been made in reestablishing the population and some habitat in Roebuck Springs (2012). Although continued problems exists.
Watercress Darter RF(2) 4 Mississippi Ecological Services Field Office (601) 965-4900 Watercress darter Etheostoma nuchale 1 4.1 Protect Glenn Springs Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Division, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Alabama Department of Environmental Management, USFWS Regional Office 4 - Atlanta Management: Habitat Maintenance and Manipulation, Management: Land Use, Other: Information and Education, Other: Law Enforcement, Other: Regulations, Research: Habitat Requirements Volunteer, Species Expert, Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Field Assistance Costs incidental to normal operation Negotiations witrh landowner to allow access continue.
Watercress Darter RF(2) 4 Mississippi Ecological Services Field Office (601) 965-4900 Watercress darter Etheostoma nuchale 1 4.2 Protect Roebuck Springs Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Division, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Alabama Department of Environmental Management, USFWS Regional Office 4 - Atlanta, City of Birmingham, Alabama Management: General, Management: Habitat Maintenance and Manipulation, Management: Depredation Control, Management: Planning, Management: Land Use, Other: Information and Education, Other: Law Enforcement, Other: Regulations, Other: Administration, Research: Population Surveys, Research: Habitat Status, Research: Management Techniques Volunteer, Species Expert, Contract, Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Field Assistance Costs to be determined Roebuck Springs Due to population catastrophy in 2008, ongoing monitoring and habitat restoration continues. genetic conservation and augmentation are of concern at Roebuck Springs. Additional tradegy in 2013 in the spring run has resulted to increased coordination with the city in safegaurding the population. 7 Springs and Glenn Springs Continued development of neighboring land is worrisome due to possibility of siltation pronlems.
Watercress Darter RF(2) 4 Mississippi Ecological Services Field Office (601) 965-4900 Watercress darter Etheostoma nuchale 1 4.4 Protect recharge areas Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Division, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Alabama Department of Environmental Management, National Wildlife Refuge , USFWS Regional Office 4 - Atlanta Acquisition, Acquisition: General, Acquisition: Easement, Acquisition: Management Agreement, Acquisition: Other, Management: General, Management: Habitat Maintenance and Manipulation, Management: Planning, Management: Land Use, Other: Information and Education, Other: Law Enforcement, Other: Regulations, Other: Administration, Research: Population Surveys, Research: Habitat Status, Research: Habitat Requirements, Research: Environmental Contaminants Volunteer, Graduate Student, Species Expert, Contract, Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Field Assistance, Internal Administrative Costs to be determined
Watercress Darter RF(2) 4 Mississippi Ecological Services Field Office (601) 965-4900 Watercress darter Etheostoma nuchale 2 2.2 Determine optimum habitat Unknown Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Division, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Alabama Department of Environmental Management, USFWS Regional Office 4 - Atlanta Research: General, Research: Population Surveys, Research: Habitat Status, Research: Habitat Requirements, Research: Management Techniques, Research: Demographic Studies, Research: Propagation, Research: Migration, Research: Environmental Contaminants, Research: Other Information, Research: Genetics Volunteer, Graduate Student, Species Expert, Contract, Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Field Assistance, Internal Administrative Costs to be determined
Watercress Darter RF(2) 4 Mississippi Ecological Services Field Office (601) 965-4900 Watercress darter Etheostoma nuchale 2 2.3 Determine recharge areas and potential contamination Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Division, Geological Survey of Alabama , National Wildlife Refuge , USFWS Regional Office 4 - Atlanta Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Geological Survey of Alabama has determined the recharge area for Roebuck Springs and Seven Springs is a lot smaller than once believed. This has made critical the urbanized area adjacent to both springs (2012). Continued monitoring of the areas along with determining the recharge area for WDNWR and Glenn springs is critical.
Watercress Darter RF(2) 4 Mississippi Ecological Services Field Office (601) 965-4900 Watercress darter Etheostoma nuchale 2 3.1 Conduct genetic and viability study Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Division, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, National Wildlife Refuge , USFWS Regional Office 4 - Atlanta Research: Genetics Species Expert, Contract Costs to be determined
Watercress Darter RF(2) 4 Mississippi Ecological Services Field Office (601) 965-4900 Watercress darter Etheostoma nuchale 2 3.2 Prepare for captive propagation, initiate if warranted Complete Prior to FY 1995 FY 2005 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Division, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Research , USFWS Regional Office 4 - Atlanta Research: Propagation, Research: Reintroduction, Research: Genetics Contract Costs to be determined
Watercress Darter RF(2) 4 Mississippi Ecological Services Field Office (601) 965-4900 Watercress darter Etheostoma nuchale 3 3.3 Prepare transplant proposal and transplant darters Complete Prior to FY 1995 Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Division, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, USFWS Regional Office 4 - Atlanta Management: Propagation, Management: Reintroduction, Management: Other, Research: Population Surveys, Research: Management Techniques, Research: Demographic Studies, Research: Propagation, Research: Migration, Research: Competition, Research: Disease, Research: Reintroduction, Research: Genetics Species Expert, Contract, Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Field Assistance Task duration and costs to be determined
Watercress Darter RF(2) 4 Mississippi Ecological Services Field Office (601) 965-4900 Watercress darter Etheostoma nuchale 3 4.3 Protect other habitat: Seven Springs at Faith Apostolic Church in Powderly, AL and Tapawingo Plunge/Penny Springs in Pinson, AL Ongoing Current FY 2000 - FY 2004 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Division, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Alabama Department of Environmental Management, USFWS Regional Office 4 - Atlanta Acquisition, Acquisition: General, Acquisition: Easement, Acquisition: Management Agreement, Acquisition: Other, Management, Management: General, Management: Habitat Maintenance and Manipulation, Management: Predator and Competitor Control, Management: Depredation Control, Management: Other, Management: Planning, Management: Land Use, Other: Information and Education, Other: Law Enforcement, Other: Regulations, Other: Administration, Research: Population Surveys, Research: Habitat Status, Research: Habitat Requirements, Research: Taxonomic Studies, Research: Environmental Contaminants Volunteer, Graduate Student, Species Expert, Contract, Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Field Assistance, Internal Administrative Costs to be determined