PACIFIC SOUTHWEST HIGHLIGHTS
Collaboration Between Service & Partners Secures Greater Sage-Grouse Future - Species will not be Listed Under ESA
Thanks to one of the largest conservation efforts in U.S. history, the Service has concluded that the greater sage-grouse does not require protection under the Endangered Species Act. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Service Director Dan Ashe, four western governors and multiple partners announced the decision today in Denver, Colorado.
They celebrated the success of 11 western states, federal agencies, private landowners and industry in securing the future of the greater sage-grouse and its unique sagebrush habitat.
"Salt Marsh Manual" Becomes Template for Next Generation Learning on Urban National Wildlife Refuge
Fran McTamaney was hired as a staff member at the Service's Environmental Education Center in Alviso, Calif., in 1986. At that time, Wetland Round-Up Field Trips at the EEC were available to teachers, but in her opinion, "horribly inconvenient." Learn how she and others rewrote the book on urban refuge outdoor education.
Refuge Benefits From Forward-Looking Process to Conserve California's Central Valley
For migrating birds, waterfowl and other wildlife, national wildlife refuges in California's Central Valley likely appear as welcomed islands of calm in a shifting sea of agriculture. For managers of the Service's 10 refuges and six wildlife management areas in California's central valley, the outlook is less welcoming. Consecutive years of severe drought and its associated water problems have brought managers and biologists face-to-face with climate change.
Service Works with Local, State and Federal Partners to Assess Wildlife and Natural Resource Impacts at Refugio Oil Spill
On Tuesday, May 19, 2015 an oil spill was reported at Refugio State Beach, prompting an immediate response effort by multiple local, state and federal agencies. The Responsible Party, Plains All American Pipeline, and local, state and federal agencies, including the United States Coast Guard, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Office of Spill Prevention, and the Santa Barbara Office of Emergency Management represent a Unified Command and are leading the joint response effort.