Archive for December, 2007

Dec 31, 2007

Photo Essay of Ash Meadows NWR

On the community website, community member Jennifer F. — whose parents have worked at various national parks — has posted a beautiful photo essay of Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, which is located approximately 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas in the Amargosa Valley of southern Nye County, Nevada. Ash Meadows NWR was established […]

Dec 30, 2007

Sec. Kempthorne Changes Ethics Policy

The Washington Post recently reported that Department of Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne has apparently weakened the department’s new ethics policy by directing that a review panel can consider only ethics matters referred to it by the two top officials at Interior. According to the Post: In the summer, Kempthorne announced a 10-point plan that he […]

Dec 30, 2007

Rebuilding Marsh with Recycled Xmas Trees

An article in the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that citizens in New Orleans will be making use of old Christmas trees to help rebuild sediment traps at Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge. According to Wynecta Fisher, director of the city’s Office of Environmental Affairs: “I’m hoping that we get over 10,000 trees,” she said. “In […]

Dec 28, 2007

Photo Friday: Sunrise over Pelican Island

Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge in Sebastian, Florida was established by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903, making it the very first national wildlife refuge. In honor of the Refuge System Centennial Celebration in 2003, a Centennial Trail was built at Pelican Island NWR. The trail features a long boardwalk with planks for every refuge in […]

Dec 28, 2007

Editorial Cartoons of J.N. “Ding” Darling

The University of Iowa has assembled a digital library featuring 11,000 editorial cartoons of J.N. “Ding” Darling (1876 – 1962). “Ding” Darling — who twice won the Pulitzer Prize for his editorial cartoons at the Des Moines Register — was a powerful supporter of waterfowl conservation in America, and from 1934-1935 he headed what is […]

Dec 26, 2007

Water Demands in Texas Cause Refuge Controversy

On December 21, The Houston Chronicle reported that a controversy has now developed regarding the establishment of a 25,000-acre wildlife refuge on the upper reaches of the Neches River in Texas. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report “North Neches River National Wildlife Refuge Establishment Proposal, Environmental Assessment, Conceptual Management Plan and Land […]

Dec 25, 2007

Fire Burns 500 Acres at Lower Rio Grande Valley NWR

On December 24, the South Texas publication The Monitor reported that a fire burned approximately 500 acres at the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge but was under control as of Monday. The Monitor stated: Firefighters spent three days battling the blaze on El Rincon wildlife tract, a closed federal area on the Rio […]