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    VIDEO: Listen to U.S Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval talk about the important partnerships that led to this anouncement.

    Successful Conservation Partnership Keeps Bi-State Sage-Grouse Off Endangered Species List

    RENO, Nevada -- Thanks to the successful efforts of local, state and federal stakeholders, today Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that the Bi-State population of greater sage-grouse in Nevada and California has a bright future and does not require listing under the Endangered Species Act.

    Secretary Jewell joined with USDA Under Secretary Robert Bonnie, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, California Natural Resources Agency Secretary John Laird and other state and local partners to celebrate an extensive and long-term conservation partnership on behalf of the bi-state greater sage-grouse pop ulation. Federal, state and private partners have come together to proactively conserve key habitat and significantly reduce long-term threats to this distinct population segment of greater sage-grouse.

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    Region 8 Round-Up: A two-minute video round-up of happenings in the Pacific Southwest Region.

    Watch Episode #19 in our continuing effort to keep USFWS staff and members of the public informed of our activities in the Pacific Southwest. To view past episopes of Region 8 Round-up and Pieces, viisit our YouTube Channel at:

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    Water Restored to Cullinan Ranch After 100 Year Absence

    Tidal waters returned to the Cullinan Ranch portion of San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge last week, after over a 100-year absence. Dozens of onlookers from the Audubon Society, Save the Bay and other organizations involved in the restoration project gathered to watch an excavator remove the final tidal levee. Once enough dirt was removed, the salty water rushed into the restoration area recreating marsh habitat that is one-and-a-half times larger than Golden Gate Park.

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    Nets Aren't Just for Catching Fish -- Rocket Nets Used to Capture Aleutian Cackling Geese During the Annual Banding Event

    Teams of wildlife management personnel from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife participated in the capture and banding at more than 400 Aleutian Cackling geese on San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge recently. The geese were banded as part of the program to monitor the size and health of the species' population.

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