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Here are some of the recent news stories on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Recovery Act projects:

Arrowwood opens its doors

JamestownSun.com – September 9, 2011

ARROWWOOD NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, N.D. — Birdwatchers and outdoor enthusiasts from around the country have a new destination on the plains with the opening of a visitors center and office complex at the Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge. The facility was dedicated Thursday with a public open house scheduled for Saturday.[read more]

Okmulgee Wildlife Refuge Opens New Visitor Center After Fire

Newson6.com – September 7, 2011

OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — It was a rebirth of sorts for an Oklahoma Wildlife Refuge. Wednesday, the Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge near Okmulgee dedicated its new visitor center.[read more]

Grand opening of new Refuge Headquarters and Visitor Center at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge Sept. 8

NTXE-News.com – September 7, 2011

Thursday, September 8, at 10 am is the date and time set for the grand opening of the new Refuge Headquarters and Visitor Center at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. The public is invited to attend the ceremony and tour the new building that day. Then, in continuing celebration Hagerman NWR and the Friends of Hagerman will offer Super Second Saturday – a full day of free nature activities on Saturday, September 10, from 8 am – 4 pm.[read more]

Multi-Million Dollar Project to Restore Indian Point

Kiiitv.com – July 8, 2011

CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) – A multi-million dollar project aimed at restoring an area of marsh land between the cities of Corpus Christi and Portland involves the 160 acres at Indian Point near the Nueces Bay Causeway.[read more]

Exclusive: Mike Rowe Talks Human Planet

MentalFloss.com – April 8, 2011

Human Planet premieres Sunday, April 10 in the US on Discovery. Two episodes air each night, running from 8-10pm EST on April 10, 17, and 24. Check your cable listings for more details, and set your DVRs — again, this is a huge justification for why you bought a big shiny HDTV.[read more]

New Visitor Center at Forsythe Refuge to open April 16

Ausbury Park Press – April 5, 2011

GALLOWAY — The grand opening of the new visitor center at the Edwin B. Forsythe National
Wildlife Refuge will be held at noon Saturday, April 16, when the center’s new wildlife exhibits and nonprofit Nature Store open for visitors. [read more]

Fish Hatchery Groundbreaking Lures Big Crowds, Special Guests

Area Wide News – March 31, 2011

More than 100 people attended a windy, mid-morning groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, March 23, for an education center at the 108-year-old Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery in Mammoth Spring. [read more]

Mammoth Spring Fish Hatchery Groundbreaking (Photo Gallery)

Area Wide News – March 31, 2011

Mammoth Spring Fish hatchery Groundbreaking [view photos]

USFWS to Break Ground on Green Aquatic Conservation and Education Center

ArkansasKids.com – March 21, 2011

MAMMOTH SPRING – Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery soon will be home to one of the most energy-efficient buildings ever built by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [read more]

Groundbreaking to be held Wednesday for Education Center at Fish Hatchery

Ozark Area Network – March 21, 2011

The National Fish Hatchery in Mammoth Spring, AR will be breaking ground on a new Aquatic Conservation and Education Center on Wednesday. Ozark Radio News spoke with Aquatic Education and Outreach Biologist with the Hatchery Sara Seagraves, who told us about the event: [read more]

Mammoth Spring NFH Groundbreaking – Green Aquatic Conservation and Education Cente

Arkansas State Parks – March 18, 2011

MAMMOTH SPRING – Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery soon will be home to one of the most energy-efficient buildings ever built by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [read more]

Fish Hatchery to Celebrate Groundbreaking on March 23

Area Wide News – March 17, 2011

Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery, in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, will soon be home to one of the most energy efficient buildings ever built by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [read more]

Green Aquatic Conservation and Education Center Coming to Mammoth Spring

Freshare.net – March 16, 2011

Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery, in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, will soon be home to one of the most energy efficient buildings ever built by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [read more]

USFWS to Break Ground on Green Aquatic Conservation and Education Center

OutdoorNews.com – March 16, 2011

MAMMOTH SPRING – Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery soon will be home to one of the most energy-efficient buildings ever built by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [read more]

Grounding Breaking Mammoth Spring NFH

Facebook – USFWS – March 25, 2011

Groundbreaking at Mammoth Spring NFH. Read about and see photos on their new page. I think you’ll LIKE it. [read more]

Mammoth Spring NFH Groundbreaking

Flickr.com

Pictures from the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Aquatic Conservation and Education Center at Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery, March 23, 2011. [view photos]

Ribbon to be cut on habitat-friendly bridge today

Buffaloreflex.com – December 3, 2010

The opening of a new bridge in Dallas County will usher in better driving conditions for local residents and better living conditions for an endangered fish.[read more]

Enhanced habitat for threatened fish, improved driving conditions for Dallas County residents: Recovery Act bridge replacement project complete in Southwest Missouri

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service News – December 3, 2010

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service celebrates today the completion of a new bridge within the Osage River Basin that will enhance habitat for the Federally threatened Niangua darter and improve driving conditions for Missouri drivers. The Service’s Columbia Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office (FWCO) worked cooperatively with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) to replace the Benton Branch river crossing over the Niangua River in Dallas County using funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. [read more]

Efficiency is key for new USFWS facility to be built next summe

Detroit Lake Online – December 3, 2010

This winter, the 15 workers that make up the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District are stuck in every crook and cranny, waiting for their new building to be completed next year.[read more]

Bosque del Apache trail reconstructed

El Defensor Chieftain – December 1, 2010

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge near Socorro has completed a project utilizing $29,000 with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to rehabilitate a popular trail and make it wheelchair accessible.[read more]

Rebuilding To Start On Deep Fork Building Destroyed By Fire Near Okmulge

NewsOn6.com – November 30, 2010

OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it will begin rebuilding the Deep Fork administration building destroyed by a fire in August.[read more]

Feds upgrade fish hatchery in Mohave County

Your West Valley News – November 8, 2010

LAKE MOHAVE, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has upgraded the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery in Mohave County to protect it from possible earthquake damage. [read more]

Done and Dusted

Nvdaily.com – November 6,2010

FRONT ROYAL — The tranquil water of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River flowed gently Friday in the area where the Riverton Dam stood for more than a century. [read more]

Citizens celebrate lake dedication

The Bolivar Commercial – November 6, 2010

The completed restoration of Lake Perry Martin, located on the grounds of the Greater River Road State Park in Rosedale, was celebrated by all stakeholders Thursday. [read more]

Questions abound for Easthampton fish ladder

GazetteNet.com – November 2, 2010

EASTHAMPTON – There were still no clear answers Monday about the future of the Manhan River dam fish ladder project, according to a biologist for the US Fish and Wildlife Service.It has been about a month since the contractor, CRC Co. of Quincy discovered previously unknown wooden timbers in river silt above the dam, located off Mill Street. [read more]

‘Unknowns’ complicate fish ladder project

GazetteNet.com – October 28, 2010

EASTHAMPTON – Previously unknown structural features of the Manhan River dam discovered this month have led to a higher price tag and longer time line for the construction of a fish ladder, under way since July.[read more]

In congested Fairfield County, different views on the use of waterfront land

Conneticut Mirror – October 28, 2010

It’s not often that civilization is demolished to make way for wild birds, especially within sight of Connecticut’s largest city. That’s what’s happening on a long barrier beach between Bridgeport and Stratford. [read more]

Worlds largest Solar Energy Project Approved

Rapid Daily – October 27, 2010

The worlds largest solar energy project was approved on Monday. The Interior Department announced it had issued a permit for the Blythe solar energy project. Blythe is located in California’s Mohave Desert in Riverside County and has a population of about 12,000.[read more]

Long Beach West-Video

NBCconnecticut.com – October 22, 2010

Demolition has begun on a much anticipated project in Stratford.[see more]

The cottages are coming down on Long Beach West

Connecticut Post – October 22, 2010

STRATFORD —- Since the 1930s, Cottage No. 31 on Long Beach West was a place where little children with sandy feet would march indoors to get a peanut butter sandwich and a glass of iced tea from their mom. [read more]

Dam demolition begins Monday

Nvdaily.com – October 21, 2010

FRONT ROYAL — Crews will begin the long-awaited process of demolishing the Riverton Dam on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River next week, town officials said.[read more]

Melaleuca removal at Loxahatchee NWR to air in primetime, Oct 26

ASE Web – October 19, 2010

The sun was barely up, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees were briefing Mike Rowe on the day they had planned for him: He would head deep into the Florida Everglades on an airboat and wade into the waist-deep water, finding his footing on treacherous, slippery ground while swinging a sharpened machete and chopping down vegetation. Later he would literally be shooting fire. In addition, it was alligator mating season, which meant the gators could get a bit more aggressive than usual.[read more]

Long Beach West cottage demo continues

Connecticut Postings Blog – October 14, 2010

Here’s a bird’s-eye view from the second day of demolition at the cottage town at Long Beach West in Stratford, taken by Morgan Kaolian of Aeropix.[read more]

Demolition day for Long Beach cottages

Youtube.com – October 13, 2010

The only bridge to the peninsula burned back in 1996, and eventually the town of Stratford decided it was too dangerous for people to continue leasing the cottages. They have been empty and deteriorating ever since.[see more]

First cottage demolished at Long Beach West

Allbusiness.com – October 13, 2010

Oct. 13–STRATFORD — The first of 36 bungalows crumbled into the sand at Long Beach West Tuesday, part of a nearly $1 million demolition project to restore the 35-acre peninsula to its natural state.[read more]

Easthampton’s fish ladder project seeks volunteers

GazetteNet.com – October 13, 2010

EASTHAMPTON – Volunteers are needed to work the next two weekends and their altruism will save the city thousands of dollars on the price tag of Manhan River fish ladder. [read more]

First cottage demolished at Long Beach West

Connecticut Post – October 13, 2010

STRATFORD — The first of 36 bungalows crumbled into the sand at Long Beach West Tuesday, part of a nearly $1 million demolition project to restore the 35-acre peninsula to its natural state. [read more]

Sen. Carper tours new handicapped-accessible trail at Bombay Hook Wildlife Refuge

Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times – October 12, 2010

SMYRNA, Del. — On Oct. 8, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) visited Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge north of Leipsic to see the handicapped-accessible sections of the boardwalk trail that were built using federal stimulus funds. [read more]

Stimulus Funds Finance State Park Project

FLHOUSES.ORG – October 8, 2010

A Florida state park is a sight to see. Topsail Hill Preserve is a natural view into the panhandle’s past. [read more]

Resuming Habitat Restoration Project

World Fishing Network – October 8, 2010

Yesterday the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service marked the resumption of an important habitat restoration project at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park near Destin, FL funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The project, which was temporarily delayed by the response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, is a joint effort with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Division of Recreation and Parks, and Three Rivers Resource Conservation and Development Council. [read more]

Coastal Recovery Project Resumes at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

WJHG-TV, News Channel 7 – October 7, 2010

The goal of the $400,000 project is to protect the rare coastal dune lakes and restore the natural habitat. Economists predict the dune lakes could have a $7 million dollar-plus impact on the local community, once the project is completed. [read more]

Stimulus Funds Finance State Park Project

News 13 Panama City – October 7, 2010

A Florida state park is a sight to see. Topsail Hill Preserve is a natural view into the panhandle’s past. “For anybody who wants to know what Florida was, prior to it changing drastically as development occurred along the panhandle, this is it,” said Harold Mitchell of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [read more]

Restoration project resumes at Topsail Hill

NWFDailyNews.com – October 7, 2010

SANTA ROSA BEACH — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday announced that it has resumed a habitat restoration project at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park after a delay caused by the response to the oil spill in the gulf. The project, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, is a joint effort with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Three Rivers Resource Conservation and Development Council of Milton. [read more]

Ground broken for Long Beach West restoration

AmericanTowns.com – October 1, 2010

U.S. Rep Rosa DeLauro hailed Monday’s ceremonial start of the restoration of Long Beach West as a success story from the Recovery Act. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service earmarked all $909,000 of its American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money for the Northeast region to the project, restoring habitat to the barrier beach by removing cottages formerly used by seasonal residents. [read more]

Removal of cottages from Long Beach West begins

Stratfordstar.com – October 1, 2010

The removal of cottages from Long Beach West was hailed as not only a restoration of habitat but a restoration of jobs during a ceremony Sept. 27.[read more]

Groundbreaking Held For Beach Project

WFSB-TV, News channel 3 Connecticut – September 27, 2010

STRATFORD, Conn. — Government officials have kicked off a more than $1 million project aimed at restoring one of the longest stretches of barrier beach in Connecticut.[read more]

Removing cottages from Long Beach West

WTNH-TV, News Channel 8 Connecticut – September 27, 2010

Stratford, Conn. (WTNH) – A restoration project years in the making kicked off Monday morning in Stratford. The project will level abandoned cottages on Long Beach West, which have caught fire in the past. [read more]

Federal, state and private agencies unite on ARRA project

Recovery.doi.gov – August 31, 2010

Get ready to dip in that fly! For the first-time ever, anglers will soon have the opportunity to fish for native Gila trout in the fish’s historic habitat in Arizona. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners are working diligently to recover native Gila trout populations in the fish’s historic waters in the Southwest in an effort to remove the struggling trout from the endangered species list. [read more]

Upgrades complete at endangered fish hatchery

KOB.com – August 31, 2010

The Dexter National Fish Hatchery, just south of Roswell, has wrapped up five stimulus projects aimed at rehabbing parts of the facility that were almost 80 years old. Officials say $320,000 worth of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act went towards installing new pond liners at several locations on the property. [read more]

New tidal marsh to restore fish and wildlife habitat

KCBY.com – August 23, 2010

The Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex is taking on its largest restoration project in the state, near Bandon. Currently restoring over 400 acres of pasture land along the Coquille River back into tidal marsh land. Work began on the $9.5 million project earlier this summer at the Niles’tun Bandon Marsh. According to project leader Roy Lowe, they’re going to remove the century-old dikes and construct over five miles of tidal channels. [read more]

Stimulus Funds Restore Wildlife Habitat at Wapanocca NWR

Recovery.Arkansas.gov – August 6, 2010

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is using stimulus funds to restore valuable wetlands and wildlife habitat in Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge near Turrell. [read more]

Stimulus funds aid in recovery of the state’s wildlife habitats

WRHI AM 1340 – August 1, 2010

Stimulus funds will be helping in the recovery of the state’s wildlife habitats, in the same way another era of economic stimulus created the 13,000 acre refuge in the first place, during the Great Depression. That’s when the Santee Cooper power utility and lake system was created. Now $1.8 million in recovery money is going to help the Santee National Wildlife Refuge repair and maintain waterfowl habitat and an extensive watershed area. [read more]

Stimulus money for ducks

Arkansas Blog – July 29, 2010

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it has directed $660,000 in federal stimulus money to Ducks Unlimited to improve habitat for waterfowl at the Wapanocca Wildlife Refuge. Any day now, I expect Rep. John Boozman to rush over to Turrell to noisily demonstrate against this wasteful spending. (Caution: some of those DU guys might have shotguns handy to keep the peace.) [read more]

Recovery Act Funds Wetlands Restoration and Road Improvements at Santee National Wildlife Refuge

Recovery.gov – July 22, 2010

Summerton, S.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awarded contracts for major wetlands restoration and road repairs at Santee National Wildlife Refuge totaling more than $1.8 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). [read more]

Funds to pay for visitor stations at refuges

Associated Press – July 22, 2010

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is awarding a $2.8 million contract to build visitor stations and a maintenance building at three national wildlife refuges in Arkansas. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the grants Thursday for the projects in central Arkansas. [read more]

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New Jobs Created in $4.5 Million Recovery Act Project for San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Recovery.gov – July 20, 2010

Sacramento, CA – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has awarded a $4.5 million contract for the construction of a new administrative headquarters, visitor contact station, and service building for the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex (NWRC) in Chula Vista, California. [read more]

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