PACIFIC SOUTHWEST HIGHLIGHTS
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.
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.
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.
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: https://www.youtube.com/user/FWSPacificSouthWest