Conserving the Nature of America
Wetlands, such as this one at Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge in Michigan, are home to countless wildlife and imperiled species, offer recreational opportunities,  protect against coastal flooding, and help purify water By the mid-1980s America had lost almost half of its original wetlands.  Credit:  Janet Becker / USFWS
Wetlands, such as this one at Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge in Michigan, are home to countless wildlife and imperiled species, offer recreational opportunities,  protect against coastal flooding, and help purify water. By the mid-1980s America had lost almost half of its original wetlands.  Credit:  Janet Becker / USFWS

Service Introduces Powerful Upgraded Tool for Understanding and Conserving Nation’s Wetlands

May 26, 2016
Today the Service rolled out a greatly improved National Wetlands Inventory mapper, which will allow the public and our diverse partners from industry; state, federal and local governments; and conservation groups to better understand and sustainably manage the nation’s wetlands. The upgrade represents a dramatic improvement in our ability to measure potential impacts to wetlands, track contaminants, and identify wildlife habitats and corridors. The latter is key to addressing wildlife impacts of climate change.
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Paul Souza. Credit: Kayt Jonsson / USFWS
Paul Souza. Credit: Kayt Jonsson / USFWS

Paul Souza Named Pacific Southwest Regional Director

May 24, 2016
Assistant Director for Science Applications Paul Souza, a 19-year Service employee, will take over as the agency’s Regional Director for the Pacific Southwest Region in August, leading a region consisting of California, Nevada and the Klamath Basin of Oregon. Outgoing Pacific Southwest Regional Director Ren Lohoefener will advise the new Regional Director on California water issues until he retires at the end of the year.
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Florida softshell turtle. Credit: Andrea Westmoreland/Creative Commons
Florida softshell turtle. Credit: Andrea Westmoreland/Creative Commons

On World Turtle Day, Service Finalizes Trade Protections for Four Freshwater Species

May 23, 2016
The Service today celebrates World Turtle Day through a final rule addressing the growing threat of unsustainable and illegal trade in four native species. The common snapping, Florida softshell, smooth softshell and spiny softshell turtles will now be protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). As a result of this listing, exporters will be required to obtain a permit before shipping any of these turtles overseas, helping the United States better control trade to ensure it is legal.
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