Pacific Region Highlights


Smuggling operation

"We will continue to work with our partners to fully investigate and bring to justice individuals who choose to commercialize and profit from protected wildlife species." -- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Deputy Chief Edward Grace USFWS

Five Individuals, Business Sentenced in Illegal Wildlife Smuggling Operation


Hawaiian Accessories, Inc., its president/CEO Curtis Wilmington, and four other defendants have been sentenced relative to an earlier indictment that included felony charges of conspiracy, smuggling wildlife into and out of the United States, Lacey Act Wildlife Trafficking, and Lacey Act False Labeling. The sentencing was the culmination of a two-year joint undercover investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Office of Law Enforcement and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Law Enforcement.


News release


Secretary Jewell Joins Tribes, Local Leaders to Celebrate Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

"Billy Frank Jr. established a lasting legacy for tribal fishing rights and environmental advocacy that will be felt for generations, not only benefitting tribal communities but also our shared lands, waters, wildlife and heritage." -- Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. USFWS

Secretary Jewell Joins Tribes, Local Leaders to Celebrate Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge


U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined federal, state, tribal and community leaders to celebrate the renaming of Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge 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.


News release

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Blog about Billy Frank Jr.


2016-2017 Federal Duck Stamp
2016-2017 Federal Duck Stamp FWS Image

Duck, Duck, Stamp


Anyone can support bird habitat conservation by purchasing a Federal Duck Stamp - one of the most successful conservation tools created to protect habitat for birds and other wildlife. The stamp also serves as a hunting license and a current stamp is a free pass into any national wildlife refuge that charges an entry fee. Ninety-eight percent of the purchase price goes directly to help acquire and protect wetland habitat and purchase conservation easements for the National Wildlife Refuge System. The 2016-2017 Federal Duck Stamp, featuring trumpeter swans by contest winner  Joseph Hautman of Minn. is now on sale! Purchase your stamp now and support wildlife and habitat conservation


Federal Duck Stamp Program

Duck Stamp Dollars at Work


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