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President Obama Visits Midway Atoll Refuge and Memorial within the Monument on September 1, 2016.

President Obama Visits Midway Atoll Refuge and Memorial within the Monument on September 1, 2016. White House

OHA Named Co-trustee of Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument


Gov. David Ige, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) and the U.S. Secretaries of Interior and Commerce have signed an updated Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) adding OHA as a co-trustee of Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. It is the largest, contiguous, fully protected conservation area in the U.S. and encompasses 583,000 square miles of ocean waters, including ten islands and atolls in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.


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The Dosewallips Floodplain and Estuary Restoration

The Dosewallips Floodplain and Estuary Restoration will restore five acres of tidally-influenced floodplain and enhance 25 acres of salt marsh and mudflats at Dosewallips State Park in Jefferson County. Chris Swenson/USFWS

Washington Awarded $4.7 Million in Coastal Wetland Grants for Six Projects


Six critical coastal wetland projects in Washington have been awarded $4.7 million through the Service’s National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grants Program. The projects range from estuary restoration and protection in Puget Sound to habitat protection along the Washington coast. “In addition to providing essential habitat for migratory birds, fish, shellfish, and many threatened and endangered species, these coastal areas are essential to coastal communities and act as a buffer against extreme weather events.” - Robyn Thorson, Pacific Regional Director.


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the Government of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands received a patent to submerged lands extending three geographical miles seaward from the mean high tide of the islands of Farallon de Pajaros (Uracas), Maug and Asuncion within the Marinas Trench Marine National Monument.

The Governor signs the patent in CNMI on December 21. Photo courtesy Kevin Bautista/CNMI

Monument's Northern Islands Submerged Lands Transferred to CNMI


On December 21, the Government of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands received a patent to submerged lands extending three geographical miles seaward from the mean high tide of the islands of Farallon de Pajaros (Uracas), Maug and Asuncion within the Marinas Trench Marine National Monument.


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