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Every Kid: Inspired, Exploring, Connected video. Credit: USFWS

Let’s Get Every Kid in a Park… That Means Refuges, Too

September 1, 2015
America's public lands and waters are living classrooms. Starting today, all fourth-graders and their families can visit national wildlife refuges, national parks, monuments, seashores and more for FREE. No fourth-grader in the family? Don't worry. Most refuges are always free.
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goldenrod growing on rock face. Credit: USFWS
White-haired goldenrod, Daniel Boone National Forest in eastern Kentucky. Credit: Michael Floyd, USFWS

Service Proposes Delisting White-haired Goldenrod, Takes Positive Step with Partners on Behalf of Kentucky Arrow Darter

August 31, 2015
At a special event at Daniel Boone National Forest in eastern Kentucky, federal and state officials celebrated two conservation milestones for the state. Following decades of collaboration between federal and state agencies and non-profit organizations, the Service proposed removing the white-haired goldenrod – a plant unique to eastern Kentucky – from the Endangered Species Act (ESA) due to recovery.

Also signifying the level of proactive conservation the ESA is inspiring in Kentucky, the Service signed a Candidate Conservation Agreement with the Forest Service on behalf of the Kentucky arrow darter, a small fish found in headwater streams of the Daniel Boone National Forest.

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Ivory to be crushed in Bangkok, Thailand. Credit: U.S. State Department
Ivory to be crushed in Bangkok, Thailand. Credit: U.S. State Department

Service Commends Thailand’s Destruction of Illegal Ivory

August 26, 2015
The Service today commended the Royal Thai Government for its destruction of 2.1 tons of illegal ivory in Bangkok. The ivory crush builds on Thailand’s recent efforts to stem the illegal trade in ivory by listing African elephants as a protected species under Thai law and strengthening regulations governing the possession and trade of ivory and ivory products.
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