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Conserving the Nature of America
mist rises off of the water as ducks swim in dappled sunlight.
Misty Marsh. Credit: Lamar Gore/USFWS

Why I Took These Shots

February 13, 2020

National wildlife refuges are great places for nature photography – for visitors and employees. Manager Lamar Gore makes a point of taking photos at Pennsylvania’s John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum. Of this photo, he says: “Lighting makes or breaks a photo. In this scene, the sun is casting perfect beams and shadows in the light fog and on the waterfowl. I'm always looking for the perfect lighting conditions when my camera is in hand.” See more of his favorite photos and why he took them in our story.

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Little girl in purple jacket posing for photo with a fish in hand.

Access to recreational opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges is a focus of the FY 2021 Budget proposal. Credit: Robert Pos/USFWS

President Requests $1.4 Billion for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in FY 2021

February 10, 2020

A $1.4 billion FY 2021 Budget request "will help the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continue to strengthen our commitment to better serving the American people by expanding access to our Refuge lands for hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts, focusing on recovering the nation's most imperiled species, especially working with private landowners, continuing to work collaboratively with states and tribes to meet our trust obligations," says Service Director Aurelia Skipwith.

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People fishing in a boat.

Family fishing event. Credit: Larry Jernigan/USFWS

Service Seeks Public Input to Increase Access to Refuge System Lands

February 10, 2020

The Service is seeking the public's assistance to develop a list of its managed lands that would benefit from new or increased recreational access routes. The John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, signed into law March 12, 2019, directs federal land management agencies to develop a priority list of lands that have no or significantly restricted public access that could be improved. The public can identify national wildlife refuges, fish hatcheries and other lands managed by the Service that meet the complete criteria.

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