Archive for October, 2007

Oct 31, 2007

Izembek NWR to Lose Wilderness Land?

Today on Capitol Hill, a hearing will be held regarding H.R. 2801 (introduced by Rep. Don Young), which would build a $15.6 million, nine-mile gravel road through federally designated wilderness at Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Early word is that Dale Hall — director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service — will be […]

Oct 30, 2007

Volunteering in the Refuge System

The Detroit Lakes Tribune published a nice editorial letter on October 30 that sums up the joy that many volunteers feel when offering their time to a national wildlife refuge. The person who wrote the letter volunteers at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, in the glacial lake country of northwestern Minnesota. Tarmarac was established in 1938 […]

Oct 29, 2007

Caddo Lake NWR Opening Soon

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reporting that the Army is getting close to certifying the land at Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge in east Texas as ready for public use (see map). This new refuge came about as a land transfer between the Department of the Army’s Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant and the […]

Oct 28, 2007

Natural Disasters Hit Refuges

Oct 26, 2007

Cape May NWR at Risk

Cape May National Wildlife Refuge, in southern New Jersey, has been named one of the ten most endangered national wildlife refuges by the Defenders of Wildlife in their 2007 Refuges at Risk report. Cape May NWR was created in 1989 from a 90-acre parcel that was originally acquired by the Nature Conservancy (see map). The […]

Oct 25, 2007

California Fires and Refuges

According to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service press release issued on October 24, the fires in California have destroyed thousands of acres of habitat at Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge and San Diego National Wildlife Refuge. More than 70% of the vegetation at Hopper Mountain NWR was burned by the Ranch Fire (Hopper is […]

Oct 24, 2007

House Passes REPAIR Act (HR 767)

On October 22, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 767, the Refuge Ecology Protection, Assistance, & Immediate Response (REPAIR) Act, which addresses the costly issue of invasive (non-native) species in the nation’s wildlife refuges. The bill now moves to the Senate for action. The REPAIR Act was championed by Democrat Ron Kind (WI), who is […]