Pacific Region Highlights

Greater sage-grouse

"These voluntary agreements establish a collaborative partnership to ensure the conservation of the greater sage-grouse and sustain working western rangelands." - Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior. USFWS

Oregon Program to Protect Greater Sage-Grouse Across 3 Million Acres

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined Oregon Governor Kate Brown and U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary Ann Mills to celebrate landmark agreements that will allow landowners in all eight Eastern and Central Oregon counties with greater sage-grouse habitat to enroll their property in a voluntary conservation program – that could protect up to approximately 3 million acres. Landowners who participate receive assurances that they will not face additional regulatory requirements if the bird is protected under the ESA.

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Green sea turtle

Green sea turtle Photo Credit: Blair Witherington/USFWS

Service, NOAA Propose Reclassifying Green Sea Turtles Under ESA

NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed reclassifying the green sea turtle under the Endangered Species Act. The proposal involves reclassifying green sea turtles into 11 Distinct Population Segments globally. This will ensure continued protections for all green sea turtles, while providing a more tailored approach for managers in addressing the specific threats that face each population.

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Birding by canoe at Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Photo credit: USFWS

Birding by canoe at Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge. USFWS

National Wildlife Refuge System Turns 112

For 112 years, the 562 national wildlife refuges and 38 wetland management districts in the National Wildlife Refuge System have provided vital habitats for thousands of wildlife species. There's at least one refuge in every state and one within an hour's drive of most major metropolitan areas. If you love nature and wildlife, join us on March 14 in the celebration of the Refuge System, the world's premier network of public lands dedicated to wildlife conservation. 

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