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A woodpecker perched on a tree with a bug in its mouth

The woodpecker’s journey

November 20, 2017It was getting dark. A light rain fell. Distant thunder rolled across the steamy, late-summer sky. The hunters were apprehensive. Their prey: endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers. Learn more...

A red-cockaded woodpecker has dinner outside its nesting cavity. Photo by USFWS.

An entrance gate with a historical marker.

South Carolina Coastal Program helps protect 11,000 acres in Berkeley County

September 26, 2017 | 3 minute readThe 11,000-acre, privately-owned Oakland Club, located in Berkeley County, South Carolina, is now a permanently protected site for several state species of concern and federally protected species. These species include bobwhite quail, American chaffseed, Eastern diamondback rattlesnakes, red-cockaded woodpeckers, swallow-tailed kites, Swainson’s warblers, and Southern hognose snakes. Once home to Revolutionary War hero General Francis Marion, the Oakland Club parallels the Santee River and lies between the Francis Marion National Forest and the Santee National Wildlife Refuge. Learn more...

Entry road to Revolutionary War hero General Francis Marion’s grave and Oakland Club. Photo by Jason Ayers, USFWS.

A head-on photograph of two grey fighter jets flying in formation with a blue sky and clouds in the background.

Biologists on bases: Fish and Wildlife joins the military

April 26, 2017Melanie Kaeser is embedded with the military at Tyndall Air Force Base. She patrols the pine forests and swampy wetlands as F-16s and F-22s maneuver overhead. Her mission: protect those in harm’s way - the gopher tortoises, the St. Andrews Beach mice and the Godfrey’s butterworts. Learn more...

Two F-22 Raptors from Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., fly in formation. Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Thomas Meneguin, U.S. Air Force.

Bright orange flames engulf low-lying scrub in a pine tree stand.

St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge conducts precision prescribed fire at its wildland fire education site

February 4, 2016 | 5 minute readWhile the fire crew at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge regularly applies prescribed fire treatments on hundreds of acres at a time, they also scientifically maintain an area of the forest near the visitor center to show the public why prescribed fire is needed. Scott’s Plots Educational Fire Management site is located at the end of a spur trail off the visitor center trail at St. Marks, which is in the Florida panhandle near Apalachicola National Forest. Learn more...

Prescribed fire in the Panacea Unit of St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge June 2013. Photo by Jennifer Hinckley, USFWS.

Four firefighers pose for a photo in front of a Fish and Wildlife Helicopter with mountains in the background

Okefenokee firefighters return the favor to western firefighters

November 6, 2013 | 6 minute readAfter receiving help from firefighters across America to manage fires in 2007 and 2011-2012, firefighters at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge return the favor by heading west to assist with fires in Idaho, Oregon, California and Washington. Learn more...

The U. S. Fish & Wildlife helicopter and firefighters during the North Fork and Little Queens Fires, Sawtooth National Forest near Atlanta, Idaho. L to R – Reggie Forcine (Okefenokee), Cory Bryant (Okefenokee), Ryan Roche (Lake Wales Ridge, Florida), Paul Ryan, (J.N. “Ding” Darling, Florida).


An orange caution sign warns about smoke ahead.

2009 prescribed burning projections announced for Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

January 9, 2009 | 3 minute readAlligator River National Wildlife Refuge is busy preparing for another prescribed burn season. Generally, the burn season begins in the fall and runs through mid-spring, but the 2008 fall weather conditions were not conducive to burning. In addition, some units may be burned outside this range to accomplish management objectives. Prescribed burns are management-ignited fires conducted for specific management objectives under specified conditions. Objectives include reducing pine straw, dead grass, shrubs, and other vegetation that could fuel an uncontrolled wildfire, as well as rejuvenating marshes and other habitat types by removing dead grass and encroaching shrubs. Read the full story...

A prescribed fire at Savannah NWR in Georgia. Photo by Judy Doyle, USFWS.

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