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Meet Service Director Dan Ashe.

A Vital Partnership Takes Root, And Urban Kids Will Benefit

Sigmas tour Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Emile Pitre


One year ago, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began a new partnership with Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., one of the nation’s oldest and most prominent African-American fraternities. Since then, we’ve made great progress toward our shared goal of working together to help urban youth across the country to both experience the natural world and explore future careers in wildlife conservation.

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Conservation Success!

 greater sage grouse
Greater sage grouse. Photo by USFWS

Thanks in large part to the extraordinary efforts of our amazing Service employees, as well as federal, state and private partners, Secretary Sally Jewell today announced one of the greatest conservation success stories in a generation – the long-term protection of the Bi-state population of the greater sage grouse without the need to list the bird under the Endangered Species Act.

Why so significant?  As we have been discussing for years in the Service, conservation in the 21st century requires that we look across landscapes – across federal jurisdictions, across land ownership, across state boundaries – if we are to meet our mission responsibilities to conserve imperiled species and their habitat.   

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A Small Step for the Monarch – a Giant Leap for Conservation


Conservation is in many ways a profession of faith – not in wildlife or the environment, but in people.

Faith that future generations will value and sustain the wildlife and wild places we protect and entrust to their care. Faith that habitat restoration will make a difference for species in trouble, even if that habitat won’t mature for decades.

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That’s why, of all the things I get to do as Director and the achievements I value in my career, there’s nothing quite like getting outside with kids and seeing the feeling of accomplishment and wonder blossom in their faces when they help wildlife. I find myself hoping that the seed planted by that experience will one day sprout, helping to shape their values and maybe even spurring them to become conservationists themselves.

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