Saturday abounds with ways to indulge your love of public lands and the recreational opportunities available on them. It’s National Public Lands Day—celebrating the vital connection between people and nature. People nationwide volunteer for outdoor cleanups and repairs on national wildlife refuges and other green spaces. It is also National Hunting and Fishing Day, a day to celebrate hunters and anglers for their conservation efforts.
The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, chaired by the Secretary of the Interior, approved $34 million in grants, which will provide the Service and its partners the ability to help conserve or restore nearly 177,000 acres of wetland and associated upland habitats for waterfowl, shorebirds and other birds across 20 states. The grants, made through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, will be matched by nearly $74 million in partner funds. The Commission also approved $3.1 million from the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund to conserve waterfowl habitat on national wildlife refuges in three states .
Appropriately masked and following COVID-19 precautions, roughly 40 volunteers from the Oregon Chinese Coalition removed invasive plants, learned about wildlife conservation and developed a relationship with public lands at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge in Portland, Oregon. The community work day was part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s efforts to reach a diverse, urban audience.
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