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"Children across our nation are increasingly disconnected from nature, yet playing outside and learning about the natural world is fun, healthy and builds confidence in kids. The Portland-Vancouver area is blessed with spectacular outdoor spaces, and a strong network of public and nonprofit leaders committed to getting kids and families outdoors, active and connected to nature." - Director Dan Ashe Miel Corbett / USFWS Miel Corbett / USFWS

Portland-Vancouver Refuges to Receive $1 Million for Community Engagement

The Portland-Vancouver National Wildlife Refuges will receive an additional $1 million in annual funding to engage urban communities and youth in conservation and outdoor recreation. The four refuges are the Tualatin River, Ridgefield, Steigerwald Lake, and Wapato Lake national wildlife refuges. These refuges have formed the Portland-Vancouver Urban Wildlife Conservation Program, and teamed up with the regional Intertwine Alliance, a coalition of private firms, public agencies and nonprofit organizations. Together they will offer new outdoor opportunities for area residents.

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"Climate change is impacting every corner of the nation -- from the Everglades to the Arctic -- which has ramifications for our natural and cultural heritage, public health and economic activity." - Sally Jewell, Secretary of Interior David Patte / USFWS

Washington, Hawaii sites selected as part of Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative

Four collaborative landscape partnerships - including ones in Hawaii and Washington -- have been identified as areas of focus to conserve and restore important lands and waters and make them more resilient to a changing climate. Building on existing collaborations, these Resilient Lands and Waters partnerships will help build resilience in regions vulnerable to climate change and related challenges. They will also showcase the benefits of landscape-scale management approaches and help enhance the carbon storage capacity of these natural areas.

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Tribal biologists collar an Elk in Washington State
Tribal biologists collar an Elk in Washington State FWS Image

Native American Tribes in Oregon and Washington to Receive Nearly $1 Million

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced nearly $4.2 million awarded as part of the Tribal Wildlife Grants program to support 22 fish and wildlife conservation projects across the nation.  Nearly $1 Million will go to Native American Tribes in Oregon and Washington that will benefit wildlife and habitat, including species of cultural or traditional importance and species that are not hunted or fished.

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