Georgia forest landowners should be aware that a species of fish, the Frecklebelly Madtom Catfish, has been officially listed as threatened in parts of North Georgia. Additionally, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is currently considering whether to protect the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake under the Endangered Species Act. Many Georgia forestland owners have voiced concerns over the listing of species and its’ impact on forest operations and management decisions. We’ve compiled the following information to ensure that you are aware of the catfish listing and its impact to forest operations and the opportunity to aid in a survey and comments regarding the potential listing of the Eastern Diamondback.
- Frecklebelly Madtom: As of March 1st, the Frecklebelly Madtom Catfish has officially received federal protection by being listed as threatened in parts of North Georgia and Tennessee under the Endangered Species Act. Specifically, the Upper Coosa River population segment, which includes approximately 134 miles of the river. It is important to note that through the comments and efforts of the Georgia Forestry Commission, GASIC, and others, the USFWS has added an exception for incidental take from silvicultural and forest management practices provided that State approved Forestry BMPs are implemented.
GFA will continue to monitor this issue and provide resources to landowners. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Director of Membership & Grassroots Advocacy Tim Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information