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Conserving the Nature of America
teenage boy, left, and adult male, right, fishing in shallow stream, kneel and hold a fish.
Navy veteran Chad Brown, right, founder of Soul River Inc. Runs Wild, pairs vets with inner-city youth on fishing trips to promote healing. Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge near Portland, Oregon, partners with Soul River. Credit: Courtesy of Chad Brown/Soul River Inc.

11 Ways Wildlife Refuges Make Life Better

March 21, 2019
Even if you’ve never set foot on one of the country’s 567 national wildlife refuges, you’ve probably benefited from its existence.
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Opened box containing small food packets with two smuggled turles in white socks.
Turtles were smuggled using a variety of methods. Here they are concealed inside athletic socks and surrounded by food packages. Credit: USFWS

Turtle Smuggler Gets Stiff Sentence

March 20, 2019
Four South Carolina men were sentenced for smuggling endangered or protected turtles to and from the United States. One defendant was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison and ordered to forfeit more than $263,000 from illicit proceeds.
News Release (DOJ) »

View of The White House from the south lawn
The White House. Credit: The White House

President Requests $1.3B for Service in FY 2020

March 18, 2019
President Donald Trump has proposed a budget of $1.3 billion in Fiscal Year 2020 to fund the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s principal resource management and conservation programs. An additional $1.5 billion in permanent funding is administered to states through grants that support state wildlife and sport fish conservation, recreational boating and related programs. The President’s Budget invests in outdoor recreational opportunities, improvements to the permitting processes and infrastructure, and work to recover species listed under the Endangered Species Act.
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Budget Brief (DOI) »
Service's Budget Justification »