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.
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.
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.
|Fish and Wildlife Service Federal Register Notices Final Rule Proposed Rule Notice|
|11/20/2020. Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska-2020-21 and 2021-22 Subsistence Taking of Wildlife Regulations|
|11/20/2020. Application for an Enhancement of Survival Permit; Draft Candidate Conservation Agreement With Assurances for the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard (Sceloporus arenicolus); Andrews, Gaines, Crane, Ector, Ward, and Winkler Counties, Texas|
|11/20/2020. Proposed Safe Harbor Agreement for Streaked Horned Lark Habitat Restoration, Linn County, Oregon|
|11/19/2020. Receipt of Incidental Take Permit Application and Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan for the Sand Skink and Blue-Tailed Mole Skink; Highlands County, FL; Categorical Exclusion|
|11/19/2020. Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Threatened Species Status With Section 4(d) Rule for the Upper Coosa River Distinct Population Segment of Frecklebelly Madtom and Designation of Critical Habitat|
|11/18/2020. Draft Safe Harbor Agreements and Draft Environmental Assessments for the Marbled Murrelet in Washington State|