Pacific Region Highlights

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

Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge

More than 53 million people visited National Wildlife Refuges in 2017, which had an economic impact of $3.2 billion on local communities and supported more than 41,000 jobs. Brent Lawrence / USFWS

Visitors to National Wildlife Refuges Boosts Local Economies by $3.2 Billion

Wildlife conservation is single most important job of National Wildlife Refuge System. Yet refuges go far beyond their mission to return in dollars and cents for local communities across the United States even as they enrich our lives by protecting our natural heritage and providing great recreation. The latest Banking on Nature report shows spending by millions of visitors in communities near national wildlife refuges pumps $3.2 billion into local economies and supports more than 41,000 jobs.

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Fishing opportunities increased at hatcheries and refuges

A proposal will increase public access opportunities at 10 refuges and hatcheries in the Pacific Northwest. USFWS

Proposal Would Increase Access at Refuges, Hatcheries in the Pacific Region

The public could have new or expanded fishing and hunting opportunities at 10 National Wildlife Refuges and National Fish Hatcheries in the Pacific Northwest under a new proposal. Furthering the Trump Administration’s efforts to increase access to public lands, the proposal would increase access nationwide on 1.4 million acres across 74 refuges and 15 hatcheries managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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