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Red-tailed hawk perched on a William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge boundary sign. Photo credit: George Gentry/USFWS

Red-tailed hawk perched on a William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge boundary sign. George Gentry/USFWS

Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 12-18 2014


Since 1995, refuges across the country have celebrated National Wildlife Refuge Week in early October with festivals, educational programs, guided tours and other events. Nationwide, refuges support more than 35,000 jobs and pump $2.4 billion into local communities. More than 47 million people visited a refuge last year. Refuges also offer world-class recreation, from fishing, hunting and wildlife observation along 2,500 miles of land and water trails to photography and environmental education.


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"This is a complex and challenging issue because threats to the fisher vary across its range. We are actively seeking input from the public and stakeholders to help determine the magnitude, severity and scope of those threats in each part of its range in California, Oregon and Washington to ensure we base our final decision on the best information available." - Robyn Thorson, USFWS Photo by USFWS

West Coast Population of Fisher Proposed for Listing as Threatened Under ESA


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking information from the scientific community, the public and interested stakeholders on its proposal to protect the West Coast population of fisher as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.  Fishers have been part of forests of the Pacific states for thousands of years, but they have virtually disappeared from much of Washington, Oregon and California.


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Slevins skink is one of 23 species proposed for protection on Guam and CNMI. Photo by Bjorn Lardner

23 Species in Guam and CNMI Proposed For Protection Under ESA


Current evidence suggests that 23 species located in the U.S. Territory of Guam and the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are in danger of becoming extinct in the foreseeable future. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced proposal to protect the species as either endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act, and is seeking new information from the public and the scientific community that will assist in making a final determination.  


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