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Three bikers riding on dirt road.
Grand Junction, Colorado. Credit: Photo courtesy of Eric Coulter, BLM.

Service Solicits Public Input on Proposed Rule for Electric Bicycle Use on National Wildlife Refuges

April 02, 2020

To increase recreational use on public lands for all Americans, the Service is proposing to adopt regulations on the use of electric bicycles (otherwise known as "e-bikes") in units of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The Service will seek comments from the public on the proposed rule for 60 days, beginning with publication in the Federal Register in coming days.

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A group picture wuth Urban American Outdoors’ Wayne Hubbard and Roderick May, the hatchery manager at Neosho National Fish Hatchery, with participants in a kids fishing derby.

Urban American Outdoors’ Wayne Hubbard and Roderick May, the hatchery manager at Neosho National Fish Hatchery, with participants in a kids fishing derby. Credit: Urban American Outdoors. This photo was taken last summer, before social distancing became important.

Service Partners with Urban American Outdoors to Better Reach Youth

March 30, 2020

As the country’s diversity grows, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is determined to make sure these new constituencies find a welcoming spot in the conservation family. We have worked with Urban American Outdoors for years to help diverse youth in our nation’s cities foster a connection to nature. We are now proud to make it official.

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Snow geese take flight off shore.

Nearly 1 million snow geese are currently using the wetland habitat at Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge in Missouri. Credit: N. Horne/USFWS

Service Temporarily Suspends Entrance Fees at National Wildlife Refuges

March 19, 2020

At the direction of Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will suspend the collection of all entrance fees at national wildlife refuges until further notice. Almost 500 refuges are open to the public. Outdoor spaces remain open to the public at most refuges where it is possible to adhere to public health guidance. Many refuge facilities such as visitor centers, however, are closed. Please check your local refuge’s web page before you visit.

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