Pacific Region Highlights


This pair of masked boobies is considering nesting on Trig Island within the French Frigate Shoals (Kanemiloha'i), part of the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge and the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.
This pair of masked boobies is considering nesting on Trig Island within the French Frigate Shoals (Kanemiloha'i), part of the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge and the Monument. Lindsey Kramer/USFWS

Expansion of Marine National Monument in Pacific by President Obama Creates World's Largest Protected Area to be Co-Managed by Service


On August 26, 2016, President Obama announced the expansion of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument to become the world’s largest protected area. More than 582,000 square miles of coral reefs, seamounts and undersea ridges and their wildlife will be safeguarded, an area greater than the size of Texas, California and Montana combined. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service now manages nearly 1 billion acres of lands and waters for wildlife, the largest conservation estate on the planet.


News Release (DOI)

The White House Fact Sheet

More on the Monument


Securing the Right to Vote
Securing the Right to Vote 1920 Creative Commons / stock

August 26 Officially Designated as Women's Equality Day


Women's Equality Day was adopted to commemorate the hard fight American women undertook to win the right to vote on this day back in 1920 (officially enacted by Bella Abzug in 1971). In celebration of this day the FWS recognizes the hard working woman of our agency and their commitment to natural resource conservation.  The FWS is committed to ensuring we have a diverse and inclusive workforce and are taking positive steps to eliminate barriers that prevent women from participating fairly in all aspects of the employment process, from recruitment, to training, to upward mobility, to career counseling and promotions. 


View the Presidential Proclamation

National Woman's History Project

Meet the Woman Behind Women's Equality Day


Graphic of the Monarch Butterfly
Graphic of the Monarch Butterfly USFWS Image

Oregon Project Awarded $193,000 from Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund


The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced more than $3 million in grants from its Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund.  The Lomakatsi Restoration Project, a restoration project in Oregon will receive  $193,786 to restore and enhance 300 acres of degraded monarch habitat - including woodland edges, meadows, forest openings, riparian areas and roadsides.  Combined with $260,000 in matching funds this project will also unify monarch butterfly habitats throughout our region and expand the native milkweed supply for future  restoration projects.


News Release

Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund

For additional information about the Lomakatsi Restoration Project


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