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Meet Service Director Dan Ashe.

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.   


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.


Using Cutting Edge Science to Fight Poaching and Illegal Wildlife Trade

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World Wildlife Day is taking on trafficking and wildlife crime.

Today is World Wildlife Day, a day set aside to celebrate the incredible diversity of wildlife found across the globe – and to raise awareness of the threats many of these species face from poaching and wildlife trafficking. To mark this day, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is spotlighting a crucial ally in the fight to protect the world’s wildlife and crack down on wildlife crime: The National Wildlife Forensics Lab.

You probably haven’t heard of this lab, tucked away at the foot of the Cascade Mountains in the small town of Ashland, Oregon. But the lab and its forensic experts are world-renowned for their work to identify the perpetrators of wildlife crime and help law enforcement agencies bring them to justice.

Our Wildlife Forensics Laboratory takes your questions live.

Today, you have a rare opportunity to learn about the Forensics Lab and how it has become a vital part of the global fight against poaching and wildlife trafficking. We’re hosting a LiveStream broadcast from the lab at 1 pm EST, giving you a glimpse into how the lab operates and making our forensic scientists available to answer your questions.


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