Since CDIP’s inception, 250 students have progressed through the program and gone on to permanent positions with federal agencies and other conservation organizations. Credit: Student Conservation Association
Since CDIP’s inception, 250 students have progressed through the program and gone on to permanent positions with federal agencies and other conservation organizations. Credit: Terry Whittaker / USFWS

Service Kicks off 2015 Diversity Youth Program at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

May 22, 2015

Over this past week, 40 college students from around the U.S. came together at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as part of an award-winning diversity youth hiring program that theService created in partnership with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) in 2008. The Career Discovery Internship Program (CDIP) aims to prepare the next generation of wildlife professionals by introducing culturally and ethnically diverse youth to conservation careers. Each year, the students participate in a weeklong training orientation at a refuge before heading off to locations throughout the National Wildlife Refuge System to begin summer-long internships.
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A wildlife inspector examines a shipment. Credit: USFWS
A wildlife inspector examines a shipment. Credit: USFWS

Head of Florida Auction House Sent to Prison as Operation Crash Gets Another Wildlife Trafficker off the Streets

May 21, 2015
Christopher Hayes, the President and owner of Florida auction house Elite Estate Buyers Inc., has been sentenced to three years in prison followed by two years of supervised release for his role in an illegal wildlife smuggling conspiracy that bought, sold and smuggled rhinoceros horns and objects made from rhino horn, elephant ivory and imperiled coral from the United States to China. Elite was fined $1.5 million and banned from trading wildlife for five years. The prosecution of Elite and Hayes is part of Operation Crash, an ongoing nationwide criminal investigation led by the Service that is fighting any U.S. involvement in the black market rhino horn trade.
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Louisiana black bear on Avery Island, La. Credit: Pam McIlhenny
Louisiana black bear on Avery Island, La. Credit: Pam McIlhenny

Service Announces Proposed Delisting of the Louisiana Black Bear Due to Recovery

May 20, 2015
The Service today proposed removing the Louisiana black bear from the list of species protected under the Endangered Species Act, due to its recovery. The announcement follows more than 20 years of successful collaborations between the Service, Louisiana Department of Wildlife, private landowners and other stakeholder groups working together to address threats facing the bear, such as loss of habitat.
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Fish and Wildlife Service Federal Register Notices Final RuleFinal Rule Proposed RuleProposed Rule NoticeNotice
Proposed Rule 5/21/15. Refuge-Specific Regulations; Public Use; Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Proposed Rule 5/21/15. Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Removal of the Louisiana Black Bear From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Removal of Similarity-of-Appearance Protections for the American Black Bear
Final Rule 5/21/15. Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Revisions to the Regulations for Petitions