Conserving the Nature of America
Monarch on New England Aster Sand Lake WMD. Credit: USFWS
Monarch on New England Aster Sand Lake WMD. Credit: USFWS

President’s FY 2017 Budget Request Highlights National Conservation Priorities, Fish and Wildlife Service’s Role in Preserving America’s Wildlife Heritage

February 9, 2016
President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget request for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of $1.6 billion underscores the Administration’s commitment to building partnerships, strengthening management and using science to conserve wildlife and ecosystems. It emphasizes improving the resilience of communities and wild landscapes, enabling them to better adapt to a rapidly changing environment, and uses smart investments in conservation and landscape-level planning to improve the Service’s ability to facilitate economic growth, while avoiding and mitigating the impacts on wildlife and habitat.
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About 94 percent of Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge has been conserved with LWCF dollars. Credit: USFWS
About 94 percent of Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge has been conserved with LWCF dollars. Credit: USFWS

President Obama Proposes Full Funding for Land and Water Conservation Fund

February 4, 2016
President Obama is proposing full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget and is pursuing permanent authorization in annual mandatory funding for the fund’s programs beginning in FY2018. The LWCF has helped to protect working forests and ranches, preserve our public lands -- parks, refuges, forests, rivers, lakes and wildlife habitats -- and provide access to outdoor recreation across the nation for use and enjoyment by all Americans.
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The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is awarded $1 million to acquire and protect the 1,114-acre Great Bay Estuary-Harvey Forest and Wetlands. Credit: Courtesy of NHDES
The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is awarded $1 million to acquire and protect the 1,114-acre Great Bay Estuary-Harvey Forest and Wetlands. Credit: Courtesy of NHDES

Service Announces Over $20 Million in Grants to Conserve Coastal Wetlands

February 2, 2016
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced over $20 million will be provided to 28 projects in 12 coastal states to protect, restore or enhance more than 10,000 acres of coastal wetlands and adjacent upland habitats under the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program. State and local governments, private landowners, conservation groups and other partners will contribute over $20 million in additional funds to these projects.
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White pelicans at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Barbara Wheeler
White pelicans at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Barbara Wheeler

Service Statement on Illegal Occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

January 11, 2016
Thanks for your concern regarding the situation at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. All FWS staff and volunteers are safe and accounted for. We hope this can be resolved peacefully and that the refuge will soon be safe for staff and visitors again. In the meantime, the refuge will remain closed until further notice. The FBI is the lead law enforcement agency moving forward. They will post latest updates here as they become available: http://www.flashalertbend.net/