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The students worked together to define climate issues and develop ideas to become climate resilient. Credit: Alejandro Morales / USFWS
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Service, Other Agencies Help Teens Tackle Climate Change at Inter-Tribal Youth Climate Leadership Congress

July 22, 2016

Nearly 100 Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students between the ages of 15 to 18, participated in the weeklong congress earlier this month to learn about climate change issues in indigenous communities, federal agency efforts on climate challenges, and most importantly, how the students can help their communities become more resilient in the face of these challenges.

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The students worked together to define climate issues and develop ideas to become climate resilient. Credit: Alejandro Morales / USFWS
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The Refuge System includes four marine national monuments in the Pacific: Papahanaumokuakea, Pacific Remote Islands, Rose Atoll and Mariana Trench. Credit: Mark Sullivan / National Wildlife Refuge Association
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A Beginner's Guide to the National Wildlife Refuge System

July 21, 2016

The lands and waters conserved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service within the National Wildlife Refuge System are among the most picturesque natural places on Earth. Today, the National Wildlife Refuge System is beginning a series of weekly online stories that will use photos to highlight the conservation work and visitor opportunities within the Refuge System. The first story is designed to give veteran conservationists and newcomers alike a sense of what the Refuge System has become since its founding by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903.

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The Refuge System includes four marine national monuments in the Pacific: Papahanaumokuakea, Pacific Remote Islands, Rose Atoll and Mariana Trench. Credit: Mark Sullivan / National Wildlife Refuge Association
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Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell meets with Billy Frank Jr.'s eldest sister during the renaming ceremony. Credit: USFWS
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Secretary Jewell Joins Tribes, Local Leaders to Celebrate Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

July 21, 2016

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined federal, state, tribal and community leaders to celebrate the renaming of Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge in Washington state as the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, in honor of the late, internationally recognized Native American civil rights leader and Nisqually Tribal member. The ceremony also highlighted the newly established Medicine Creek Treaty National Memorial within the refuge.

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Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell meets with Billy Frank Jr.'s eldest sister during the renaming ceremony. Credit: USFWS
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Members of the New Haven community get together at Cherry Ann St. Park in celebration of Latino Conservation Week. Credit: USFWS
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Celebrating Latino Conservation Week

July 20, 2016

The Service is joining Hispanic Access Foundation in celebrating Latino Conservation Week, July 16-24, an annual demonstration of Latino commitment to conservation and the permanent protection of our land, water and air. Events across the nation will bring members of the Latino community together through outdoor recreation, environmental education, and conservation service projects.

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Members of the New Haven community get together at Cherry Ann St. Park in celebration of Latino Conservation Week. Credit: USFWS
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The 2011 Lateral West wildfire at Great Dismal Swamp. Credit: Greg Sanders / USFWS
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Reducing Impacts of Floods and Wildfires at Great Dismal Swamp

July 18, 2016

Floods and wildfires are natural occurrences in the forested wetlands of Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, on the border of Virginia and North Carolina. But these events have significant consequences on wildlife, habitats and nearby communities. While these events can’t be prevented entirely, their effects can be lessened. Work is now underway on a project to install, repair or replace 12 water control structures that will help refuge managers better regulate water levels for fire suppression, habitat management and flood risk to nearby communities. With the likelihood that floods and fires will increase under climate change, strategies like this one can help people and nature adapt to a changing world.

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The 2011 Lateral West wildfire at Great Dismal Swamp. Credit: Greg Sanders / USFWS
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One man killed a wolf illegally in Canada. Credit: Higher Quality Version of Image

Facebook Posts Help Nab Poachers

July 14, 2016

Two Wisconsin men recently pleaded guilty to violating the Lacey Act by importing animals that had been killed illegally in Canada. Public Facebook posts by the two bragging about their successful hunting trips in Canada advanced the investigation. Here, and earlier in Canada, the men were sentenced to fines, loss of hunting privileges, community service, probation, forfeiture of trophies, and even brief incarceration.

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One man killed a wolf illegally in Canada. Credit: Higher Quality Version of Image

Service Director Dan Ashe and LULAC National President Roger Rocha with attendees at the October 1, 2015, MOU signing. The Service has partnered with LULAC to promote conservation and natural resource management to Latinos. Credit: USFWS
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Service is a Proud Sponsor of the 2016 LULAC National Convention & Exposition in Washington, DC

July 14, 2016

The Service is working together with LULAC to increase participation by Latino families and kids in outdoor recreational activities and conservation.This partnership is an expression of our joint determination to strengthen the relationship of the Latino community in the United States to its natural heritage.

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Service Director Dan Ashe and LULAC National President Roger Rocha with attendees at the October 1, 2015, MOU signing. The Service has partnered with LULAC to promote conservation and natural resource management to Latinos. Credit: USFWS
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Young angler at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Joanna Gilkeson / USFWS
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Service Proposes Expansion of Hunting and Fishing Opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges

July 13, 2016

The value to Americans provided by national wildlife refuges was highlighted today when U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe announced the agency is proposing to expand hunting and fishing opportunities at 13 national wildlife refuges across the United States. This includes migratory bird, upland game, big game hunting and sport fishing. In addition, the proposal modifies existing refuge-specific regulations on more than 70 additional refuges and wetland management districts throughout the National Wildlife Refuge System.

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Young angler at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Joanna Gilkeson / USFWS
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Ducks in flight at Bear River Watershed Conservation Area in Utah. Credit: Brian Ferguson / USFWS
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Utah Family Land Donation Establishes Bear River Watershed Conservation Area

July 12, 2016

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting a 30-acre conservation easement donation west of Brigham City, Utah, from the Ferry Ranch and Farm family. Their contribution formally establishes the Bear River Watershed Conservation Area as the 565th national wildlife refuge. The Ferry family – John, Ben and Joel – are long-time landowners who are passionate about conserving the land, wildlife and resources for future generations. The area’s diverse landscapes support habitat for elk, pronghorn, numerous native fish species, such as Bonneville cutthroat trout and more than 200 species of birds.

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Ducks in flight at Bear River Watershed Conservation Area in Utah. Credit: Brian Ferguson / USFWS
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Service Members Accepting Certificate of Appreciation from Phi Beta Sigma at Serious Summit 2016. Credit: USFWS
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The Phi Beta Sigma and Zeta Phi Beta Leadership Summits are in Full Swing and We're There!

July 12, 2016

This week, two leadership summits in Orlando, Fla., are bringing African Americans together to offer unique training and personal development opportunities. The Service is taking part in both – the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity Serious Summit and the Zeta Phi Beta sorority Grand Boulé – to help add a wildlife conservation dimension. The Service’s partnership with Phi Beta Sigma is the Agency’s first collaboration with a nationally historic African American organization and was followed by the development of last summer’s new partnership with sister sorority Zeta Phi Beta. These collaborations are helping open up the natural world and ideas of conservation stewardship to young people of color by showing them the wonders of nature and providing them with a sense of ownership over public lands. 

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Service Members Accepting Certificate of Appreciation from Phi Beta Sigma at Serious Summit 2016. Credit: USFWS
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More than 40 miles of the Mississippi River headwaters flow through the Camp Ripley Sentinel Landscape. Credit: Camp Ripley
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Sentinel Landscapes Announced for Three U.S. Military Bases, Partnerships Preserve Wildlife and Support Military Readiness

July 12, 2016

The departments of Interior, Agriculture and Defense joined with state and other partners today to announce three new Sentinel Landscapes for Avon Park Air Force Range in Florida, Camp Ripley in Minnesota and military bases across eastern North Carolina. The partnerships target improved conservation of wildlife, working landscapes and military readiness. This year’s Sentinel Landscapes will help protect imperiled species such as the red-cockaded woodpecker, northern long-eared bat and Florida gopher tortoise. 

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More than 40 miles of the Mississippi River headwaters flow through the Camp Ripley Sentinel Landscape. Credit: Camp Ripley
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Screenshot of the, "What You Can Do With Your African Elephant Ivory?" video. Credit: USFWS
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Near-Total U.S. Ban on African Elephant Ivory Trade Goes into Effect; Guidance Available

July 6, 2016

A near-total ban on commercial trade of African elephant ivory goes into effect today, July 6, 2016, to help ensure U.S. domestic markets do not contribute to the decline of elephants in the wild. See links below to learn more about what you can do if you own ivory. 

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Screenshot of the, "What You Can Do With Your African Elephant Ivory?" video. Credit: USFWS
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Timber Theft Leads to 10 Months in Prison for Kentucky Man

June 26, 2016

Wildlife crime doesn’t always involve species from far-off countries. A Kentucky man was recently sentenced to 10 months in prison and ordered to pay $80,000 in restitution for illegally harvesting a stand of black walnut trees. The sentence “sends a serious message that we will not tolerate the profiteering of America's natural resource legacy,” said Edward Grace, the Service’s Deputy Assistant Director for Law Enforcement.

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Teresa R. Christopher. Credit: USFWS
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Teresa R. Christopher Becomes Service’s New Associate Director

June 24, 2016

Teresa R. Christopher has been named the Fish and Wildlife Service’s new Associate Director and will begin Monday. As Associate Director, she will serve as principal advisor to the Director on major policy issues and will represent the Service’s priorities within the U.S. Department of the Interior and the broader administration. Christopher served as Senior Advisor for Gulf Restoration to the Secretary of Commerce since October 2012.

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Teresa R. Christopher. Credit: USFWS
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The 2016 Federal Duck Stamp features a pair of trumpeter swans in flight. Credit: USFWS
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Federal and Junior Duck Stamps Now on Sale

June 24, 2016

The 83rd Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp a.k.a. the Duck Stamp is now on sale, having debuted at a special event hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Bass Pro Shops’ flagship retail store in Springfield, Missouri. The stamp art was painted by wildlife artist Joseph Hautman, who won his fifth Federal Duck Stamp Contest and is now tied as leading Duck Stamp artist of all time. The Junior Duck Stamp, depicting a pair of Ross’s geese painted by Stacy Shen, 16, of Fremont, Calif., also goes on sale today.

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The 2016 Federal Duck Stamp features a pair of trumpeter swans in flight. Credit: USFWS
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