Pacific Region Highlights


Lillian shows off her catch with FWS and Soul River Runs Deep
Lillian shows off her catch with FWS and Soul River Runs Deep SRRD Photo w/permission

Connecting Youth to the Great Outdoors


Partnering with Soul River, the Service was able to provide fly rods to more than 100 urban youth at the Celebration of Wild Steelhead. Lillian was just one of the children to attend the fly fishing event held in Portland this past July. She received her very own Soul River fly rod and learned how to cast a line. Now, she enjoys standing beside her father, rod in hand, creating those magical memories that will last a lifetime. Congratulations on your catch and your dedication as a steward of the land and an ambassador to Mother Nature.


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Waite Ranch
Waite Ranch C Swenson USFWS Image

Willamette Valley to Receive $1 Million to Conserve Bird Species


The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission recently approved $28 million for the Service and its partners to acquire, restore and conserve wetland habitats for waterfowl and many other bird species. The Northern Pacific Rainforest Project will restore more than 1,000 acres in the Willamette Valley and will protect wetlands in western Oregon. The restored waterfowl migration and wintering corridor running the length of the valley will focus on native forested and wet prairie wetlands, river corridors, and forested uplands that support many diverse fish and wildlife species.


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Disabled Veteran Fred Brookings enjoys the outing and chance to hunt
Disabled Veteran Fred Brookings enjoys the outing and chance to hunt USFWS Image

New Opportunity for Disabled Hunters in Northern Idaho


Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge Opens New Accessible Hunting Blind  -  The Fish and Wildlife Service recently opened the first accessible hunting blind at the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge. We saw the need to provide recreational opportunities to people with disabilities and worked diligently to see it through. Disabled veterans are now able to view the migrating waterfowl, take photos of the local wildlife and even participate in the annual hunting season.


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Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge


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