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Young boy wearing a brown hat and blue shirt sitting a rock as he fishes in a pond.
Americans will have more access to hunting and fishing under the proposal. Credit: Creative Commons

Secretary Zinke Proposes Expansion of Hunting and Fishing Opportunities at 30 Refuges

May 21, 2018
Continuing his efforts to increase recreational access to public lands, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has announced a proposal to open more than 248,000 acres to new or expanded hunting and fishing opportunities at 30 national wildlife refuges. If finalized, this would bring the number of units of the National Wildlife Refuge System where the public may hunt to 377, and the number where fishing would be permitted to 312.
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Carolyn Read looks towards the freshly translocated coastal sage scrub plants in the restoration area on her property.
Carolyn Read looks towards the freshly translocated coastal sage scrub plants in the restoration area on her property. Credit: Joanna Gilkeson/USFWS

Nature's Good Neighbors: Berry Grower Embraces Conservation, History

May 18, 2018
San Marcos, California, ranch owner Carolyn Read, 86, runs a ranch that started in the 1800s and faces increasing development pressure from sprawling San Diego. Determined to keep her land working and wild, Read is the only non-commercial boysenberry producer in Southern California. She’s worked with the Service to restore some of her property for pollinators and native birds.
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A group of six teenage kids wearing orange shirts with a USFWS Federal Wildlfe Officer in the woods.
Federal Wildlife Officer Ashley Uphoff teaches orienteering. Credit: Joshua Bauer/USFWS

Tools of the Trade: Kids Get Hands-n Experience Learning to Solve Wildlife Crime

May 17, 2018

What do federal wildlife officers do everyday? Like all law enforcement professionals, they serve and protect, but there’s more to the story. Learn about what federal wildlife officers in the Midwest Region are doing to inspire the next generation of women and men who protect America's National Wildlife Refuge System.
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