Conserving the Nature of America
Ducks in flight at Bear River Watershed Conservation Area in Utah. Credit: Brian Ferguson / USFWS
Ducks in flight at Bear River Watershed Conservation Area in Utah. Credit: Brian Ferguson / USFWS

Utah Family Land Donation Establishes Bear River Watershed Conservation Area

June 28, 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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Black walnut tree. Credit: Sue Lowndes / Creative Commons
Black walnut tree. Credit: Sue Lowndes / Creative Commons

Timber Theft Leads to 10 Months in Prison for Kentucky Man

June 28, 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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The 2016 Federal Duck Stamp features a pair of trumpeter swans in flight. Credit: USFWS
The 2016 Federal Duck Stamp features a pair of trumpeter swans in flight. Credit: USFWS

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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