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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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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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