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PHOTO: This tiny sturgeon fry could grow up to be 5 to 6 feet in length, and can live for 70 years or more. This weekend's Columbia River Sturgeon Festival in Vancouver, Wash. pays tribute to this prehistoric fish species. Photo courtesy Wash. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Salmon get the lion's share of attention in the Pacific Northwest, but a festival this weekend in Vancouver calls attention to another fascinating fish species. The sturgeon may not be considered beautiful or iconic, but like salmon, it also requires careful management by ...Read More

Photo: The wildlife community warns North Carolina's red wolf population is in jeopardy if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service opts to end the recovery program. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

MANTEO, N.C. - Almost 30 years ago, North Carolina's population of red wolves was near extinction, but a program by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) introduced an experimental population in eastern North Carolina, and now 100 wolves are thriving in their native habitat. The Fish and Wildl ...Read More

PHOTO: Scout Camp, on the Middle Deschutes River, is one area hikers will explore as part of the Desert Conference and Wilderness Weekend. Photo credit: Gena Goodman-Campbell.

BEND, Ore. - A wild week is coming up in Bend, with the 27th annual Desert Conference starting Thursday. This year, with the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, three days of "Wilderness Weekend" activities are planned, from an outdoor-adventure film festival to a free block party. But there's ...Read More

PHOTO: The Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act would redirect some of the profits from renewable energy generation on public lands to land and wildlife conservation efforts, an idea a new poll says a majority of Coloradans support. Photo courtesy Colorado Wetland Information Center.

CENTER, Colo. - It's back to work for Congress this week, and according to a new bipartisan poll, Coloradans want Washington to continue work on legislation that supports renewable energy and public lands. The poll found that 69 percent of voters in western states support responsible renewable-ener ...Read More

PHOTO: As summer draws to a close, a new report examines the importance of clean water for millions of Illinoisans, like the Illinois River at Starved Rock State Park in LaSalle County. Photo credit:

CHICAGO - Whether it's for boating, fishing, or swimming, a new report indicates Illinoisans love to take to the water, and new legislation goes before Congress this week that could extend needed protections to some of those waterways. According to the new Summer Fun Index from Environment Illinois ...Read More

PHOTO: It's hoped that the community conservation system implemented in Pope County can be a model for other parts of the state and region where grassland has disappeared due to plowing and invasive species. Photo courtesy Land Stewardship Project.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Across the state and region, grassland habitat is some of the most threatened, but success is being reported in West Central Minnesota thanks to a unique collaboration. The "Simon Lake Challenge" is a project with farmers, landowners, environmental groups and government agencies. ...Read More

PHOTO: Conservation of west-slope cutthroat trout habitat connected to Tenderfoot Creek is one of the case studies in a new report about how Land and Water Conservation Fund projects benefit local recreation economies. The report also calls for the fund to be reauthorized at its full amount next year. Photo credit: National Park Service

MISSOULA, Mont. - Birthday No. 50 was this week for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The money, which comes from offshore oil and gas royalties, has been used for parks, trails, sport fields, open spaces and recreation access across the nation. In Montana, the funds also have been used for con ...Read More

PHOTO: Yellowstone cutthroat trout fishing contributes $20 million a year in recreation spending in southeastern Idaho. A new report shows how the Land and Water Conservation Fund helps preserve the fishery, and calls for full LWCF funding. Photo credit: National Park Service

ASHTON, Idaho - A new report that details the benefits of the Land and Water Conservation Fund in Idaho also is calling for the fund to be completely filled. The LWCF turned 50 this week. Rob Van Kirk, senior scientist at the Henry's Fork Foundation, said the funds have been key for preserving wate ...Read More

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