Conserving the Nature of America
A greater sage grouse poses against arid backdrop
USFWS Director Dan Ashe, USFWS Southwest Region Director Dr. Benjamin Tuggle and Senator Martin Heinrich at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Jessie Jobs / USFWS

Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge Celebrates Conservation, Culture, and Community Receiving $1 Million to Expand Community Engagement

March 22, 2016
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe and U.S. Senator for New Mexico Martin Heinrich announced today that Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge will receive $1 million in additional annual funding through the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program to engage urban communities and youth in conservation and outdoor recreation. The refuge located only five miles from downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico, will offer opportunities to connect families and youth through conservation, culture and community. 
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Greater Sage-Grouse Credit: Tom Koerner / USFWS
Greater Sage-Grouse Credit: Tom Koerner / USFWS

Service Distributes Nearly $50 Million to Support State Wildlife Conservation Projects

March 21, 2016
Species across the nation will benefit from almost $50 million in funding allocated to state wildlife agencies by the Service's State Wildlife Grants program. The program provides critical support for imperiled species and habitats listed in approved State Wildlife Action Plans. All 50 state and U.S. territorial wildlife agencies have such plans, which proactively protect species in greatest conservation need.  
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Skyway Marina (Formerly Glass City Marina) - Toledo, Ohio. Credit: Ohio DNR

Service Allocates $14 Million to 32 States to Support Recreational Boating Communities

March 17, 2016
States and recreational boaters will benefit from nearly $14 million in grants distributed by the Service's Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program. Grantees use BIG funds to construct, renovate and maintain marinas and other facilities that support outdoor recreation. Funding for the program comes from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, which boaters and manufacturers support through excise and other taxes on certain fishing and boating equipment and fuel. 
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