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Rick Spring and his therapy dog, Max, at the door to one of his blinds.
Rick Spring and his therapy dog, Max, at the door to one of his blinds. Credit: Brent Lawrence/USFWS

Nature's Good Neighbors: Disabled Veteran Crafts Accessible Hunting Blinds

May 24, 2018
Rick Spring knows that spending time hunting, fishing and hiking isn’t always a given for injured veterans or other people with disabilities. So he builds and donates to federal and state lands, including national wildlife refuges, hunting and bird-watching blinds that are compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines. A Spring-made blind, for example, is big enough to accommodate two wheelchairs.
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Young boy wearing a brown hat and blue shirt sitting a rock as he fishes in a pond.
Americans will have more access to hunting and fishing under the proposal. Credit: Creative Commons

Secretary Zinke Proposes Expansion of Hunting and Fishing Opportunities at 30 Refuges

May 17, 2018
Continuing his efforts to increase recreational access to public lands, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has announced a proposal to open more than 248,000 acres to new or expanded hunting and fishing opportunities at 30 national wildlife refuges. If finalized, this would bring the number of units of the National Wildlife Refuge System where the public may hunt to 377, and the number where fishing would be permitted to 312.
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Carolyn Read looks towards the freshly translocated coastal sage scrub plants in the restoration area on her property.
Carolyn Read looking over her boysenberry crop. Credit: Joanna Gilkeson/USFWS

Nature's Good Neighbors: Berry Grower Embraces Conservation, History

May 18, 2018

San Marcos, California, ranch owner Carolyn Read, 86, runs a ranch that started in the 1800s and faces increasing development pressure from sprawling San Diego. Determined to keep her land working and wild, Read is the only non-commercial boysenberry producer in Southern California. She’s worked with the Service to restore some of her property for pollinators and native birds.
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