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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Endangered Species Recovery Champion Awards in California

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Acting Director Rowan Gould has announced the 18 recipients of the Service’s 2008 Recovery Champion award. The Recovery Champion award recognizes U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees and their partners for contributions to the recovery of threatened and endangered species in the United States. “The…


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Designates Critical Habitat for the Louisiana Black Bear

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today published a final rule to designate approximately 1,195,821 acres of land in 15 Louisiana Parishes as critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for the threatened Louisiana black bear. Areas designated as critical habitat for the Louisiana black bear include bottomland and…


Wood Duck Bag Limit Increased to Three

Jackson- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) decided on Friday to allow an increase in the daily bag limit for wood ducks from two birds to three birds for the 2008-2009 waterfowl hunting season.  “The wood duck bag limit increase will greatly benefit Mississippi’s waterfowl hunters, particularly those hunting…


Process Begins For Second Alligator Hunting Season

LITTLE ROCK – The first step in the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s renewal process for a second year of the well-received alligator hunting season has begun.  For the past couple of weeks, AGFC field crews have been busy conducting spotlight surveys across south Arkansas. The population data, a harvest…


Refuges Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day on May 10

The annual International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD), held this year on May 10, celebrates the animal kingdom’s frequent fliers and the marvelous journey birds undertake between their summer and winter homes.  What better place to see some of the nearly 700 species of migratory birds than the hundreds of national…


Mono Basin Area Population of Greater Sage-Grouse Warrants Review for Possible Protection Under the Endangered Species Act

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today announced it will conduct a status review of the Mono Basin area population of greater sage-grouse to determine if it warrants federal protection as a threatened or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  Today’s decision, commonly known as a 90-day…


Final Recreation Regulations Published for Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today published a final rule in the Federal Register to implement general recreation actions in the approved Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for the 240,000-acre Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. The new rules are effective May 27, 2008 following the customary 30-day…


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Grants to 27 States for Sewage Pumpout Facilities for Boaters

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director H. Dale Hall announced that more than $13.6 million in grants funding will be awarded to 27 states under the Clean Vessel Act grant program in 2008. The grants will be used to fund the construction and installation of sewage pumpout facilities and floating…


National Wetlands Maps Debut on Google Earth

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service maps of the National Wetlands Inventory are now available for viewing using Google Earth. The wetlands inventory includes wetlands data for approximately 60 percent of the conterminous U.S., as well as portions of Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. The mission of the Service’s National Wetlands…


Public Recreation in Riparian Areas Closed Due to Fire Danger at Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge

From April 22 – May 5, certain areas at Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge will be closed to public recreation due to extreme fire danger.  Specifically, units A, B, C, and D are affected by the closure.   Units A-D are bosque areas along the Rio Grande that are home to…