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FWS Requests Nominations for Transportation Environmental Stewardship Excellence Award

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is soliciting nominations for its triennial Transportation Environmental Stewardship Excellence Award. The program recognizes FWS employees or offices that “use partnership-based approaches to streamline Federal Highway Administration and State Department of Transportation project planning and environmental reviews and promote ecosystem sustainability.” Nominations are due Jan. 31, 2013. For more information, including a fact sheet and evaluation considerations, link to the Transportation Environmental Stewardship Excellence Award website. (12-4-12)

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FWS Issues Annual Update to the List of Candidate Species under ESA

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released its Candidate Notice of Review, an annual appraisal of the candidate species list detailing those plants or animals that may warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The latest update includes the removal of three species from the candidate list, the addition of two species to the list, and changes in priority for nine species since the last review was conducted in October 2011. There now are 192 species recognized by the Service as candidates for protection under ESA. FWS is soliciting public comment and additional information on candidate species, as well as information about species that should be included in future candidate updates. For more information link to the news release and the Endangered Species Program website. (11-20-12)

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FWS Issues National Fish Program Annual Report

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued the 2011 annual report on the National Fish Passage Program. The report says that 158 dams, culverts, or other structures were either removed, bypassed, or replaced to provide benefits to native fish populations. The program is a nonregulatory initiative, coordinated and funded by FWS and involving nongovernmental organizations, universities, and state and local agencies such as departments of transportation. The program promotes the benefits of removing fish barriers, such as improved fishing waters, better streams and rivers for boating, and increased economic activity. For more information, link to the program website and the 2011 Annual Report. (9-20-12)

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FWS Awards Over $76.5 Million for State Wildlife Grants

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will distribute over $76.5 million in funding this year to state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies under its State Wildlife Grant program. The program provides federal grants for the development and implementation of programs benefiting fish and wildlife and their habitats, including species not hunted or fished, with each state or eligible jurisdiction receiving grants through a formula based on their land area and population. For more information, link to the news release and the agency’s State Wildlife Grant Program website. (3-8-10)

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