Ocmulgee skullcap, a rare plant found only in the Ocmulgee River and Savannah River watersheds in Georgia and South Carolina, is in decline. Remaining populations are small, contain relatively few individuals, and are scattered across the range, lacking connectivity to one another. To protect Ocmulgee skullcap and its habitat, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing protections for the plant under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Species Status Assessment can be found here.
-- J. Drew Lanham
At Georgia Ecological Services, we are working to protect and recover threatened and endangered plants, animals, and their habitats.
Our team is based out of three field offices located in Athens, Fort Benning, and Townsend, Georgia. With expertise ranging from mountains to estuaries across Georgia’s diverse ecoregions, our biologists are working to conserve rare and imperiled species, like the Etowah darter and the eastern indigo snake, and promote the restoration of Georgia’s heritage landscapes, such as longleaf pine ecosystems. Learn more about our efforts at our Projects & Research page!
What We Do
We work with communities across Georgia and the southeastern United States to support conservation through: Endangered Species Listing and Recovery, Project Planning and Review, and Habitat Restoration.
To learn more about ways that you and your community can support conservation, check out our Projects & Research, and Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program ( National | Georgia ) pages. If you would like to submit a project for Endangered Species Act review, please visit our Planning & Consultation page.
Georgia is home to more than 70 species of plants and animals protected under the Endangered Species Act.
Our team of biologists at Georgia Ecological Services are the national lead for recovery efforts for 17 federally threatened or endangered species. We also work with other federally protected species that occur in our service area – including threatened and endangered species for which other offices have the recovery lead, and species protected under other laws, such as the bald eagle, protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
Projects and Research
Our team supports conservation at multiple scales, from on-the-ground species monitoring and habitat restoration to broader landscape-level planning.
Learn more about our projects and initiatives.
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We rely on strong partnerships and collaboration with state and local governments, non-profit organizations, industry and academic communities across Georgia and the southeast.
Learn more about our partners and how to get involved.