Conserving the Nature of America
About 94 percent of Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge has been conserved with LWCF dollars. Credit: USFWS
About 94 percent of Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge has been conserved with LWCF dollars. Credit: USFWS

President Obama Proposes Full Funding for Land and Water Conservation Fund

February 4, 2016
President Obama is proposing full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget and is pursuing permanent authorization in annual mandatory funding for the fund’s programs beginning in FY2018. The LWCF has helped to protect working forests and ranches, preserve our public lands -- parks, refuges, forests, rivers, lakes and wildlife habitats -- and provide access to outdoor recreation across the nation for use and enjoyment by all Americans.
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The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is awarded $1 million to acquire and protect the 1,114-acre Great Bay Estuary-Harvey Forest and Wetlands. Credit: Courtesy of NHDES
The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is awarded $1 million to acquire and protect the 1,114-acre Great Bay Estuary-Harvey Forest and Wetlands. Credit: Courtesy of NHDES

Service Announces Over $20 Million in Grants to Conserve Coastal Wetlands

February 2, 2016
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced over $20 million will be provided to 28 projects in 12 coastal states to protect, restore or enhance more than 10,000 acres of coastal wetlands and adjacent upland habitats under the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program. State and local governments, private landowners, conservation groups and other partners will contribute over $20 million in additional funds to these projects.
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White pelicans at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Barbara Wheeler
White pelicans at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Barbara Wheeler

Service Statement on Illegal Occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

January 11, 2016
Thanks for your concern regarding the situation at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. All FWS staff and volunteers are safe and accounted for. We hope this can be resolved peacefully and that the refuge will soon be safe for staff and visitors again. In the meantime, the refuge will remain closed until further notice. The FBI is the lead law enforcement agency moving forward. They will post latest updates here as they become available: http://www.flashalertbend.net/
Siberian tiger. Credit: John and Karen Hollingsworth
Siberian tiger. Credit: John and Karen Hollingsworth

Lumber Liquidators Sentenced for Illegal Importation of Hardwood and Related Environmental Crimes

February 1, 2016
Virginia-based hardwood flooring retailer Lumber Liquidators Inc. was sentenced in federal court and will pay more than $13 million in criminal fines, community service and forfeited assets for illegal importation of hardwood flooring. Much of the flooring was manufactured in China from timber that was illegally logged in far eastern Russia in the habitat of the last remaining Siberian tigers and Amur leopards in the world. The case was jointly investigated by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service law enforcement agents and Homeland Security agents as part of Operation Oakenshield.
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