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Video: Desert Tortoise Rescue. Credit: USFWS

'Zip-tie,' Family Get Helping Hand

November 20, 2020

Mojave desert tortoises occur in the Mojave and Sonoran deserts north and west of the Colorado River in southwestern Utah, southern Nevada, southeastern California and northwestern Arizona. They live on a variety of terrain from sandy flats to rocky foothills but face numerous obstacles when seeking suitable habitat in the wild. Roadways are one of the greatest dangers, accounting for the deaths of more than 200 tortoises a year. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works closely with the U.S. Marine Corps and other organizations to treat injured tortoises.  

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A Service firefighter lights a prescribed burn at Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Idaho.
A Service firefighter lights a prescribed burn at Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Idaho. Credit: Justin Hughes/USFWS

Trump Administration Reduces Wildfire Risk by Record 5.4 Million Acres

November 18, 2020

The Department of the Interior announced today that it has once again made substantial progress in Fiscal Year 2020 to reduce the risk of wildfire nationwide by treating a ten-year best 1.5 million acres of public lands.In continued efforts to reduce wildfire risk across much of the United States, the Service has exceeded yearly milestones to ensure National Wildlife Refuge System lands remain healthy, resilient and accessible to the public. The Service completed a significant amount of fuels treatments to reduce hazardous fuel loads, provide wildfire suppression efforts across the country, and increase protection of local communities surrounding fire-prone areas.

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Retired Marine Sgt. First Class Edgar Fox invited Rebecca Chuck to be his guest of honor during the U.S. Marine Corps Ball in 2019 in Springfield, Mo.
Retired Marine Sgt. First Class Edgar Fox invited Rebecca Chuck to be his guest of honor during the U.S. Marine Corps Ball in 2019 in Springfield, Mo. Credit: Photo courtesy of Sgt. Fox.

Service’s Rebecca Chuck Named an Honorary U.S. Marine

November 12, 2020

Fewer than 100 people have received the title of “Honorary Marine,” one of the highest compliments the U.S. Marine Corps can give to a civilian. This week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Rebecca Chuck, deputy project leader at Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, became one. The Marine Corps honored her for her work during last year’s 77th anniversary of Battle of Midway Commemoration at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial. 

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