Pacific Region Highlights

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New Native Garden Guide for Southwestern Idaho

Urban gardens provide important habitat for animals like birds and native pollinators. In effort to support these habitats in local gardening, The U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, and The U.S. Fish & Wildlife have just released a Native Garden Guide for Southwestern Idaho. This guide is intended to help novice gardeners create waterwise, wildlife-friendly gardens using plants suitable for southwest Idaho.

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Fishing opportunities increased at hatcheries and refuges

Public access opportunities have been expanded at 10 National Wildlife Refuges and National Fish Matcheries in the Pacific Northwest. USFWS

Public Access to Hunting and Fishing Expanded on 1.4 Million Acres Nationwide

Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt has announced new hunting and fishing opportunities on more than 1.4 million acres nationwide on National Wildlife Refuge and National Fish Hatcheries, including 10 in the Pacific Northwest. Seventy-seven National Wildlife Refuges and 15 National Fish Hatcheries managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are incorporated in the new rule and are now open to hunting and fishing for the first time or have expanded opportunities for new game species.

News release

Prescribed fires

Service staff and partners work together to stay ahead of the potential for difficult wildfires in the Pacific Region. Brent Lawrence / USFWS

Prescribed Fires Benefit Both Public Safety and Wildlife Habitat

The beginning of summer is a sure sign that fire season is upon us in the Pacific Northwest. Luckily, our fire management team has been working for months to stay ahead of the potential for wildfires, treating almost 11,000 acres with prescribed fire on near National Wildlife Refuges since the end of the 2018 wildfire season. Check out this Story Map that explains how prescribed fire improves public safety and wildlife habitat.

Interactive story map on prescribed fire

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