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Conserving the Nature of America
Female with a hat and blue PFD sitting in the boat.
Refuge Planner Victoria Touchstone is NWRA Refuge Employee of the Year for her dedication to conserving habitats and protecting wildlife at the San Diego NWR Complex and commitment to her community. Credit: San Diego NWR

Conservation Leaders Recognized with 2018 National Wildlife Refuge System Awards

March 23, 2018
The National Wildlife Refuge Association announced the 2018 National Wildlife Refuge System Awards exemplifying the outstanding conservation management skills and volunteer leadership throughout the refuge system. The annual awards honor the Refuge Manager, Refuge Employee, Refuge Volunteer and Friends Group of the Year.
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Young girl showing the fish she caught.
Sport Fish Restoration funds create opportunities to get outside. Credit: RBFF

Conservation and Recreation Win: More Than $1.1 Billion Distributed to States Through Time-Honored Excise Tax Program

March 20, 2018

Conservation and recreation opportunities provided by states got a boost today through more than $1 billion from excise taxes paid by the hunting, shooting, archery, boating and angling industries on firearms, bows and ammunition, sport fishing tackle and boating fuel. To date, the Service has distributed more than $20.2 billion in these apportionments for state conservation and recreation projects.
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A still shot of a green-winged teal liftting off from the water.
green-winged teal, one of the featured species for the 2018 Duck Stamp Contest, taking flight at Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Tom Koerner/USFWS

2018 Duck Stamp Contest to Celebrate Contribution of Waterfowl Hunters

March 20, 2018

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced that the theme of the 2019-2020 Federal Duck Stamp will be "Celebrating our waterfowl hunting heritage." This theme requires entrants in the 2018 Duck Stamp Contest to include one or more visual elements that reflect the contributions waterfowl hunters make to habitat conservation. Through the purchase of a Duck Stamp, funds go to help protect habitat on national wildlife refuges, increase access to public lands and provide communities with an economic stimulus.
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