PACIFIC SOUTHWEST HIGHLIGHTS
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.
Vandenberg Air Force Base Recognized for Excellence in Natural Resource Conservation
Vandenberg Air Force Base's dedication and exceptional leadership in conservation efforts to protect and support species recovery on military land earned the installation recognition as the 2015 Military Conservation Partner by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.Located 160 miles northwest of Los Angeles, California, the 99,579-acre base provides habitat for 18 federally threatened or endangered species.
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.
California Condor Loses Battle With Cancer, But Is Not Forgotten
While there may not be a formal obituary marking the passing of Almiyi, a 32 year old female California condor, her loss is felt throughout the conservation community. Almiyi was hatched in 1983 when the California condor species teetered on the edge of extinction with less than three dozen individual condors remaining worldwide.