The Department of the Interior Americas Great Outdoors FiftyState Report identified 101 collaborative projects (two per state; one in the District of Columbia) to be completed in 2012. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is lead agency on 39 of them, described here.
AlabamaGulf Coast Restoration. Support military area conservation.
ColoradoRocky Mountain Greenway Project. Link trails and Rocky Mountain Flats, Rocky Mountain Arsenal and Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuges.
ConnecticutConnecticut River Blueway. Improve river access, national blueway designation, integrate with downtown Hartford.
DelawareDelaware National Bayshore. Expand access to and conserve bayshore.
FloridaEast Central Regional RailTrail Project. Construct 50mile trail linking waterways and enabling public land access.
IllinoisHackmatack Refuge. 23,000acre refuge near Chicago to engage urban residents and protect wildlife corridors.
IndianaWabash RiverHealthy Rivers Initiative. Acquire conservation easements and restore 94mile stretch of floodplain.
IowaSouthern Prairie Pothole Refuge. Add 5,000 acres to Dunbar Slough wetlands, preserve as a refuge.
IowaLoess Hills. Conservation easements, implement conservation plans, cultural resource management.
KansasFlint Hills Legacy Conservation Area. Establish easementbased conservation area with potential visitor center.
Two young crabbers show off their catch at Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge near New Orleans. A fishing pier is to be built at the refuge as part of an Americas Great Outdoors urban waters initiative.
Credit: Steve Hillebrand
LouisianaUrban Waters Initiative. Construct fishing pier at Big Branch Marsh Refuge.
LouisianaRestore Lake Pontchartrain Basin. Create marshland in Bayou Bonfouca.
MainePenobscot River. Dam removal to restore access to spawning grounds for searun fish.
MaineKeeping Maines Forests. Promote forest stewardship by connecting conservation agencies, timber and recreational fishing industries.
MassachusettsConnecticut River Blueway. Improve regional access to river by establishing water trail.
MichiganDetroit River. Waterfront park to engage underserved urban youth in conservation.
MichiganDetroit River. Engage underserved youth through public access to waterfront.
MinnesotaUpper Minnesota River Watershed. Improve access along river and infrastructure in adjacent parks/trails.
MontanaCrown of the Continent. Land acquisition/conservation easements to preserve working land/wildlife corridor.
NebraskaPlatte River Access. Continue/expand recreation access program.
New HampshireNorthern Forest. Expand conserved lands in forest.
New HampshireSilvio O. Conte Refuge. Critical land acquisitions to increase wildlife habitat.
New JerseyBarnegat Bay. Add 1,019 acres to increase public access to waterways.
New JerseyBarnegat Bay. Boardwalk, launch areas and other recreational improvements to aid waterfront access and link bay and Edwin B. Forsythe Refuge.
New MexicoPrices Dairy (Middle Rio Grande Refuge). Protect 570 acres in Albuquerque area as community gateway to outdoors and preserve migratory bird habitat.
North CarolinaEast Fork Tract Mountain Bog. 2,200+acre bog is one of the most important unprotected natural areas in Southern Appalachians.
North DakotaMissouri River Forest Restoration Project. Engage youth in tree planting on state/private lands.
North DakotaDakota Grassland Conservation Area. Acquire easements on 2 million acres of native/prairie habitat.
OhioNortheast Ohio Wetland Project. Conserve critical migratory bird habitat along Lake Erie.
OregonWillamette Valley Conservation Plan. Involve landowners in conservation agreement governing fastdeveloping region and valuable habitat.
South CarolinaLongleaf Pine Focal Area. Create protected area to conserve rapidly vanishing natural resource.
South DakotaDakota Grassland Conservation Area. Acquire easements on 2 million acres of native/prairie habitat.
TennesseePaint Rock River Watershed. Connect protected lands in watershed into broader refuge that encompasses ecosystem.
TexasRio Grande Watershed. Acquire conservation easements to protect key land in watershed.
TexasWest Galveston Bay. Construct estuarine nursery habitat to mitigate damage of human impact.
UtahBear River Migratory Bird Refuge. Experiential, conservationoriented programming for school groups.
VermontWinooski River Watershed Project. Conserve critical floodplain protection areas and engage local communities on watershed management plans.
VermontConnecticut River Blueway. Establish new access points and designate the river as a national blueway to enhance recreation opportunities.
West VirginiaCanaan Valley Refuge. Use conservation easements to create greater connectivity among protected lands.