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    Summer 2016

Spotlight: New Wildlife Management
Area
Opens in Virginia 
WSFR Program Helps to Fund Property
The ribbon cutting marks the opening of the Ware Creek WMA. Photo:  Mike Slattery, USFWS
By:  Kim Betton, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, WSFR Program, HQ 
Virginia has a new 2600 acre Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and the WSFR program has contributed funding in support of conservation and habitat restoration on the property.  The Ware Creek WMA is located in New Kent County, in the community of Barhamsville.   The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF)   
WSFR Acting Asst. Dir. Paul Rauch speaks at the Ware Creek WMA opening. Photo: Mike Slattery, USFWS
made the big announcement during a June ribbon cutting ceremony.  
  
The property contains substantial tidal and upland wildlife habitat and will be a significant addition to the VDGIF's Wildlife Management Area system.  Extensive funding for the acquisition of this property came from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) in the form of two National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grants, and a Wildlife Restoration Grant, all administered through the Service's Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program.  
 
Gopher tortoises
Video:  Gopher tortoises benefiting from State Wildlife Grants
Gopher Tortoises benefit from State Wildlife Grants
Source: Outdoor Alabama
 
Gopher tortoises are considered a keystone species of the longleaf pine ecosystem, with many species depending on them for survival or benefiting from their presence. More than 360 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates are known to spend all or a portion of their lives in either active or abandoned gopher tortoise burrows. Some species are completely or largely dependent on these burrows for survival.


Video: USFWS Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout
Rio Grand Cutthroat Trout 
Source: US Fish and Wildlife Service, Southwest Region
 
The work of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish on Rio Grande cutthroat trout stands as an example of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program in action. The Rio Grande cutthroat trout, New Mexico's official state fish, lives in wild and beautiful places.  Biologists are at the vanguard conserving this native fish that is important to the economy, ecology and the citizenry.  This video highlights significant conservation efforts. 
Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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