Fish and Aquatic Conservation

Fish and Aquatic Conservation

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We work with our partners and engage the public, using a science-based approach,
to conserve, restore and enhance fish and other aquatic resources for the
continuing benefit of the American people.

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Recent News

Fort McCoy natural resources personnel earn USFWS Military Conservation Partner Award

By Scott Sturkol | March 19, 2019

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Fort McCoy Fisheries Biologist John Noble (center) explains the work that was done on Silver Creek to remove the West Silver Wetland Dam at the site in summer 2017 with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel, Fisheries Biologist Louise Malden (left) and Project Leader Sam Finney (right), at Fort McCoy, Wis. on Oct. 3, 2017. Mauldin and Finney visited Fort McCoy to see progress on stream-habitat and fish-passage improvement projects that have been completed in recent years. (U.S. Army Photo by Scott T. Sturkol, Fort McCoy, Wis.) (Photo Credit: Mr. Scott T Sturkol (IMCOM))

The Fort McCoy Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division Natural Resources Branch was recently awarded the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Military Conservation Partner Award.

"On behalf of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), I congratulate you on your selection as the recipient of our 15th annual Military Conservation Partnership Award," wrote Assistant USFWS Director for Fish and Aquatic Conservation David Hoskins in a letter to Fort McCoy's senior commander, 88th Readiness Division Commanding General Maj. Gen. Jody J. Daniels announcing the award. 

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Photo courtesy of the Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA).  

Sacramento River juvenile salmon from Coleman Hatchery released in first year of three-year study

On Saturday, April 13, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a total of 360,000 juvenile fall Chinook salmon on the Sacramento River in an three-year study aimed at increasing their survival on their long journey to the ocean.

The service released 180,000 marked juvenile salmon into the Sacramento River at Scotty's Landing near Chico, 75 miles downstream of where they were born, in the pilot project focusing on increasing the contribution of the Coleman National Fish Hatchery to California’s salmon fishery. 

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Pictured from left to right: Melissa Whittingslow, Wildlife Biologist; Bryan Wilfong,
Forestry Technician; JoAnn Wise, Budget Administrator; Pam Sponholtz, Project Leader; 
Dustin Casady, Fish and Wildlife Biologist; Max Canestorp, retired; Clark Jones,
Wildlife Biologist; Brian Mihlbachler, Environmental Scientist. Not pictured: Joe Murphy,
Alex Schubert, Laura Mendenhall, Cole Brittain, and Chris Kennedy.

Colorado FWCO Recognized for 15 Years of Successful Military Partnerships

For decades, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Colorado Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office (COFWCO) has partnered with the Department of Defense to embed biologists, foresters, etc. on installations to manage natural resources within the parameters of mission support. As part of this partnership, COFWCO staff bring a unique perspective to protection and management of federally listed species and migratory birds, and are able to facilitate relative communications between the installations and Service regulators.

COFWCO maintains an agreement with Colorado State University through the Cooperative Ecosystem Units program. This agreement also allows the COFWCO to partner with the Center for Environmental Management on Military Lands (CEMML) and the Colorado Natural Heritage Program. Through this relationship, CEMML undertook the feasibility study on the placement of Conservation Law Enforcement Officers on multiple Air Force installations along the Front Range. CEMML also worked with Buckley Air Force Base to establish a wildlife exclusion fence around their airfield, and with the Air Force Academy to fence off aspen regeneration plots and manage stream restoration projects.

At the annual meeting in March 2019, the COFWCO received the Natural Resources Conservation Communication, Conservation Partnership award from the National Military Fish and Wildlife Association. This award is intended to recognize those who develop fruitful partnerships benefiting natural resource conservation on military installations in support of the military mission.

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