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The waters around the islands and atolls of the northwestern Hawaiian chain and the unique and abundant wildlife they support – will now receive broader protection thanks to the expansion of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Credit: James Watt
The waters around the islands and atolls of the northwestern Hawaiian chain and the unique and abundant wildlife they support – will now receive broader protection thanks to the expansion of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Credit: James Watt

Expansion of Marine National Monument in Pacific by President Obama Creates World’s Largest Protected Area to be Co-Managed by Service

August 26, 2016
President Obama today announced the expansion of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to become the world’s largest protected area. More than 582,000 square miles of coral reefs, seamounts and undersea ridges and their wildlife will be safeguarded, an area greater than the size of Texas, California and Montana combined. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service now manages nearly 1 billion acres of lands and waters for wildlife, the largest conservation estate on the planet.
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Paul Rauch. Credit: USFWS
Paul Rauch. Credit: USFWS

Paul Rauch to Lead Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program

August 24, 2016
Paul Rauch has been named the Service’s new Assistant Director for Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR). Rauch, a career Service employee of more than two decades, has served as WSFR’s Acting Assistant Director since April. Rauch will oversee grant programs that provide more than $1 billion annually to states, territories and federally recognized Indian tribes to support on-the-ground wildlife and fisheries conservation.
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Monarch butterfly. Credit: Joanna Gilkeson / USFWS

$3.3M Goes to Projects to Support Monarch Butterflies

August 24, 2016
Monarch butterflies will get help throughout the nation, thanks to $3.3 million in grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund. The awards will support the restoration of approximately 16,000 acres of habitat in areas identified by experts as key to the recovery of monarch butterfly populations. The Service was awarded more than $1 million for projects in the Midwest.
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