Conserving the Nature of America
 Rhino horn destroyed at the Sept. 8 San Diego Zoo event. 
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The U.S. is co-sponsoring four proposals to increase CITES protections for pangolins. Credit: Maria Diekmann/Rare and Endangered Species Trust

U.S to Support Greater Protections for a Variety of Species at International Wildlife Trade Forum

September 21, 2016
Some of the planet's most imperiled animals take center stage in South Africa Sept. 24-Oct. 5, when nations around the globe convene for the world's most important meeting on wildlife trade. The United States will support increased protections for pangolins, African grey parrots and chambered nautilus, among other species at the 17th CITES Conference of Parties. The U.S. Delegation, led by FWS Director Dan Ashe, will also call for the closure of domestic ivory markets and advocate against the legalization of rhino horn trade that threatens these magnificent creatures.
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Congratulations Operation Crash Team! Credit: USFWS
Congratulations Operation Crash Team! Credit: USFWS

American Public Picks Service's Ed Grace and Operation Crash Team for Prestigious Honor

September 20, 2016
Ed Grace, Deputy Chief of the Service's Office of Law Enforcement, and his Operation Crash team have won the People's Choice award of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals. Operation Crash, an ongoing nationwide criminal investigation led by the Service's Office of Law Enforcement, was created to catch, and send to prosecution, wildlife traffickers who were dealing in illegal rhino horn and elephant ivory products. Thanks to the operation, the Service has made 42 arrests, 30 convictions, and 27 wildlife traffickers have been sentenced in federal court.
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The designation will help humpback whales and many other species. Credit: NOAA
The designation will help humpback whales and many other species. Credit: NOAA

Service to Co-manage First Marine Monument in the Atlantic Ocean

September 15, 2016
On the heels of creating the world's largest protected area in the Pacific Ocean, President Obama today reaffirmed his commitment to marine conservation and protection by designating the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, the first marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean. Permanently protecting these resources and reducing other threats to these ecosystems will provide a refuge for at-risk species such as deep sea corals, endangered whales and sea turtles and other species; improve ocean resilience in the face of climate change; and help sustain the ocean ecosystems and fishing economies for the long run.
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