The best from our year
We’re bringing in the new year with a look back at our milestones for 2012. Here’s what you should know:
Best of 2012:
1) Protecting and restoring our waters: The first National Blueway and the first dam removal in the Penobscot River Restoration Project.
2) Recovering wildlife: New England cottontails, sea turtles and piping plovers galore.
3) Service prepares and responds to Hurricane Sandy: We took precautions to prepare for the superstorm and evaluate impacts to Service staff and facilities.
4) Going “green” is a natural choice: We worked to reduce our carbon footprint this year!
5) Conserving the Chesapeake Bay: More than 15 million people reside or work within this watershed, and we continued to conserve this important resource and its environment.
6) Safeguarding wildlife without borders: Our undercover law enforcement effort hit a milestone in stopping the black market trade of endangered rhinoceros horn.
7) Connecting people with nature: More than 7,000 volunteers donated nearly 250,000 hours of time towards work in natural resource conservation on Service lands and in Service programs.
8) Controlling invasive species: Fighting the invasive hydrilla plant, purple loosestrife plant and sea lamprey (in Lake Champlain).
9) Gone fishin’: It’s a mouthful – We raised Atlantic salmon, brook, rainbow and lake trout, American shad, paddlefish and a variety of freshwater mussel species, including the endangered James spinymussel, shiny pigtoe, northern riffleshell, clubshell, pink mucket, dromedary pearlymussel and sheepnose.
10) When one plus one can equal three: There’s no way we could get our job done without your help.
We’re getting 2013 started off on the right foot!