Pacific Region Highlights


In Washington and Oregon, partnering state fish and wildlife agencies are using funding to pursue a landscape-scale conservation initiative in the Willamette Valley and Puget Trough regions to benefit federally threatened and endangered species, as well as a host of other state-identified Species of Greatest Conservation Need.

In Washington and Oregon, partnering state fish and wildlife agencies are using funding to pursue a landscape-scale conservation initiative in the Willamette Valley and Puget Trough regions to benefit federally threatened and endangered species, as well as a host of other state-identified Species of Greatest Conservation Need. George Gentry/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Washington, Oregon and Idaho Receive Grants for Conservation Projects


Idaho, Oregon and Washington are among the states that will benefit from a total of $5.6 million in grants through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s competitive State Wildlife Grants program. The grants, which focus on large-scale conservation projects yielding measurable results, will be matched by more than $2.9 million in non-federal funds from states and their partners for projects that work to conserve and recover wildlife and their habitats.


News release

Grant project details


"Clean water is a fundamental need for both people and wildlife, and a perfect example of how the fates of both are intertwined," said Service Director Dan Ashe. "Clean Vessel Act grants not only help ensure that clean drinking water, sustainable ecosystems and healthy recreational areas are accessible to the American people, they also provide a substantial economic benefit for local communities." USFWS

Washington Receives $1.5 Million Grant to Support Boating, Clean Water


The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will receive $1.5 million to install new pumpout facilities, maintain and replace aging units throughout the state, including the addition of telemetry equipment. It is part of $16.6 million in grants awarded to 21 states under the Service’s Clean Vessel Act program. The Washington project will focus on the San Juan Islands, which is identified as an area of heavy boating use with limited pumpout service.


News release

2014 Clean Vessel Act grants

More about the Clean Vessel Act


Landowner Demont Crystal talks with Pamela Benn while he overlooks the property he sold that will benefit the refuge's wildlife. Photo credit: USFWS

Landowner Demont Crystal talks with Pamela Benn while he overlooks the property he sold that will benefit the refuge's wildlife. USFWS

Lakebed Property Protected at Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge


After decades of dispute over who owns the lakebed at Grays Lake, the United States has now closed on the first acquisition of lakebed property. Working with landowners, the State of Idaho, the Shoshone-Bannock, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Department of the Interior and the Department of Justice has resulted in a concrete resolution to a complex real estate situation.  The agencies will continue to work with land owners who wish to sell their property along the lakebed. 


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