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  • A photo of the shore from the water with a bright white lighthouse, a large wooden dock and numerous palm and desiduous trees.
    Information icon Egmont Key. Photo by Dan Chapman, USFWS.

    The sea and the Key

    September 27, 2018 | 9 minute read

    Egmont Key, Florida — The history of this spit of an island is without parallel. Sadly, the Key itself could soon be history. Native Americans, for example, hunted the island at the mouth of Tampa Bay centuries ago. Spanish explorers mapped it in the 1500s. Billy Bowlegs and Polly Parker, Seminole Indian legends, were imprisoned here during the so-called Third Seminole War. Palms on the key’s western beach killed by the rising, salty gulf waters.  Learn more...

  • Three Native American men stand in front of a sign.
    Information icon Coushatta Tribe members (from left) Bertney Langley, Ernest Sickey and Gardner Rose show a sign that honors the habitat restoration partnership between the tribe and the Service. Photo courtesy of the Coushatta Tribe.

    Woven from the Landscape

    January 23, 2018 | 4 minute read

    Before the United States was settled by Europeans, longleaf pine forests covered about 90 million acres of the Southeast. Most of these forests were logged for turpentine and lumber, and by 1975 they had been reduced to about 5 million acres. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is working with countless private landowners, state and federal agencies and conservation groups, to restore the glory of the longleaf. The motivation for many of these conservationists is to help the many at-risk and endangered birds and wildlife that thrive in longleaf forests from the red-cockaded woodpecker to the gopher tortoise.  Learn more...

  • The sun sets over a lush green marsh cut in half by a calm brackish channel.
    Information icon Salt marsh along the Altamaha River. Photo by Nicole Vidal, USFWS.

    Many partners work together to protect “the Amazon of the South” for generations to come

    July 12, 2017 | 13 minute read

    It meanders 137 miles through the wild heart of Georgia, a blackwater beauty that nourishes longleaf pine forests, cypress swamps, saltwater estuaries and the barrier islands that protect the Atlantic coast and migratory birds alike.  Learn more...

  • Heavy machinery begins pounding away at a concrete dam.
    Photo by Mark Davis, USFWS.

    Dam going, nature returning

    March 28, 2017 | 4 minute read

    On Tuesday, March 28, a large yellow machine with a pile driver affixed to its arm clanked onto the concrete shoulder of lock and dam No. 6 on the Green River. Its operator lifted the driver, a slender length of steel ending in a point. He aimed it at a spot where workers had toiled to build a wall a century earlier.  Learn more...

  • A large snake with a black and brown pattern on its back moving through the grass.
    Burmese python. Photo by Liz Barraco, FWC.

    Partnering across the Everglades to battle invasives

    April 13, 2016 | 4 minute read

    Florida is considered “Ground Zero” in America’s fight against the spread of non-native species with more non-native reptile and amphibian species than anywhere else in the world.  Learn more...


  • A NC biologist holding a sicklefin redhorse on a river bank in front of a hydroelectric dam.
    Information icon North Carolina biologist TR Russ holding an sicklefin redhorse. Photo by Mark Cantrell, USFWS.

    Deputy Secretary Bernhardt announces more than $52 million in federal funding to bolster tribal, state wildlife conservation projects

    August 15, 2017 | 4 minute read

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt today announced more than $52 million in funding to Native American tribes and state wildlife agencies through the Tribal Wildlife Grant (TWG) program and the State Wildlife Grants (SWG) program. The funds, which are provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, give critical support for a diverse array of species and habitats across the country. Under the SWG program, more than $48 million will support imperiled species and habitats listed in approved state wildlife action plans.  Read the full story...

  • A NC biologist holding a sicklefin redhorse on a river bank in front of a hydroelectric dam.
    Information icon North Carolina biologist TR Russ holding an sicklefin redhorse. Photo by Mark Cantrell, USFWS.

    Power companies, tribe, agencies take steps to save rare fish

    February 23, 2016 | 4 minute read

    Power companies, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and state and federal agencies have come together to conserve the sicklefin redhorse, a fish found in only six Appalachian counties worldwide and being considered for the federal endangered species list. The sicklefin redhorse is found in Jackson, Macon, Swain, Clay, and Cherokee counties, North Carolina; and Towns County, Georgia. It was only recently discovered to be a distinct species, triggered by the 1992 observations of Roanoke College’s Robert Jenkins.  Read the full story...

  • A participant in the Miccosukee Indian Festival. Photo by Matthew Hoelscher, CC by SA 2.0.

    Revised policy strengthens Service–Native American tribal collaboration for conservation of shared natural heritage

    January 20, 2016 | 3 minute read

    Native American leaders and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) officials gathered today to recognize new measures to strengthen the agency’s 20-year-old policy guiding government-to-government relations between tribes and the agency. Service Director Dan Ashe signed the updated Native American Policy (NAP) during a Washington, D.C., ceremony attended by Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Michael Bean and numerous tribal representatives. The Service manages lands and resources of great importance to tribes.  Read the full story...

  • An employee in uniform posts a sign in front of a small lake.
    Information icon Willie Booker, manager of USFWS's Orangeburg National Fish Hatchery, posts boundary signs at Bo Ginn National Fish Hatchery near Millen, Georgia. Photo by USFWS.

    Service to re-open Bo Ginn National Fish Hatchery

    May 28, 2010 | 4 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will re-open Bo Ginn National Fish Hatchery in Millen, Georgia. The transfer occurred through an agreement negotiated in December 2009 with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, which has overseen the hatchery since 1996. Bo Ginn NFH becomes the 71st hatchery in the National Fish Hatchery System. The Service expects to bring the hatchery, spread over 100 acres, into operation in the spring of 2011, at least on a limited scale, and to have it fully operational by 2012.  Read the full story...

  • A small deer with velvet covered antlers in a recently burned forest.
    A Key deer in velvet. Photo by USFWS.

    Stimulus funds help determine future of endangered key deer at Florida Keys Refuge

    April 27, 2010 | 6 minute read

    The petite Key deer is dependent on fresh water in a place where fresh water can sometimes be scarce – the Florida Keys, the only place where the Key deer lives. At National Key Deer Refuge, fresh water collects in small ponds that form in the limestone, known as solution holes, providing life for the refuge’s federally listed Key deer population. But are the solution holes plentiful enough, and fresh enough, to support the refuge’s deer?  Read the full story...

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