Sigmas tour Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Emile Pitre
Sigmas tour Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Emile Pitre

A Vital Partnership Takes Root, And Urban Kids Will Benefit

April 23, 2015

One year ago today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began a historic partnership with Phi Beta Sigma, one of the nation’s oldest and most prominent African-American fraternities. It is one of the Service’ many efforts to help urban youth across the nation both experience the natural world and explore future careers in wildlife conservation.
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Trout lily blooming at the new Mountain Bogs National Wildlife Refuge. Credit:Gary Peeples / USFWS
Trout lily blooming at the new Mountain Bogs National Wildlife Refuge. Credit:Gary Peeples / USFWS

New National Wildlife Refuge Established to Protect Some of Appalachia's Rarest Places

April 22, 2015
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Deputy Director Jim Kurth announced the establishment of America's 563rd refuge – Mountain Bogs National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina. The new refuge is devoted to the conservation of southern Appalachian Mountain bogs, one of the rarest and most imperiled habitats in the United States. The Nature Conservancy donated an easement on a 39-acre parcel in Ashe County, which formally establishes the refuge.
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The lushness of summer at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: USFWS
The lushness of summer at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: USFWS

Portland-Vancouver Refuges Will Receive $1 Million for Community Engagement

April 22, 2015
The Portland-Vancouver National Wildlife Refuges will receive $1 million in funding to engage urban communities and youth in conservation and outdoor recreation announced U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe. The four refuges – Tualatin River, Ridgefield, Steigerwald Lake, and Wapato Lake – have formed the Portland-Vancouver Urban Wildlife Conservation Program, and teamed up with the regional Intertwine Alliance, a coalition of private firms, public agencies and nonprofit organizations. Together they will offer new outdoor opportunities for area residents.
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