Archive for January, 2008

Jan 29, 2008

Trinity River NWR Gets 50,000 New Trees

On January 29, the Houston Chronicle reported on an inspiring conservation effort that involved computer-maker Dell Inc., online travel agency Travelocity, NBC Universal, and The Conservation Fund, a nonprofit environmental group. The four groups spearheaded an effort to plant 50,000 trees at Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, which is located in Liberty, Texas, 48 miles [...]

Jan 28, 2008

The Cranes Have Landed

Speaking of the famous whooping cranes (see previous entry), the class of 2007 has finally finished its migration from Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin down to Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge in Florida.
After traveling an accumulated distance of 1262.1 miles that took over three months to complete, the young endangered birds are in their [...]

Jan 26, 2008

Trumpeter Swans Released at Holla Bend NWR

We’ve heard all about the formerly captive young whooping cranes that are being taught to migrate from Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin down to Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. But did you know that there are also young captive trumpeter swans that are being encouraged to learn how to migrate from the Midwest [...]

Jan 23, 2008

Navy Abandons Landing Site Near Refuge

After years of battling local residents and high-powered politicians from both parties, the Navy has finally dropped its highly unpopular plan to build an airfield near Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in the eastern section of North Carolina.
According to the Charlotte Observer:

Navy officials had long favored 30,000 acres of farmland in Washington and Beaufort [...]

Jan 22, 2008

Great Bay NWR Losing Manager

Seacoast Online, which covers news along the seacoast of New Hampshire and Southern Maine, recently published an article about Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge and its staffing problems.
Great Bay NWR was established in 1992 and is located along the eastern shore of New Hampshire’s Great Bay in the town of Newington. Great Bay is the [...]

Jan 20, 2008

Drilling Approved in Baca NWR

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has given the go-ahead to a Canadian firm that wants to drill for natural gas in Baca National Wildlife Refuge, which is in southern Colorado and within two miles of the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. This blog reported on the drilling proposal back in September of [...]

Jan 17, 2008

Lower Klamath NWR Centennial

Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, which was established in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt as the first refuge for migratory waterfowl and marsh birds, will be celebrating its Centennial Anniversary this year. The refuge, which covers almost 51,000 acres, is located in the Klamath Basin along a portion of the southern Oregon and northern [...]

Jan 16, 2008

Ecotourism at Cat Island NWR

A recent article in the Baton Rouge Business Report highlights a frequent scenario found at national wildlife refuges today: The existence of a refuge that could offer a big ecotourism boost to a local community but that lacks the funding to achieve its full potential.
Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge, which was established in 2000, contains [...]

Jan 15, 2008

Wind Farm Threatens Horicon NWR

The Fond du Lac Reporter in southeastern Wisconsin is reporting that the Horicon Marsh Systems Advocates — an environmental advocacy group — has pledged to closely monitor the wind farm that will soon be built at least two miles from Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin.
The HMS Advocates have been fighting the wind farm project [...]

Jan 13, 2008

Land Bought Near St. Marks NWR

The Tallahassee Democrat is reporting that the Sam M. Shine Foundation and the Nature Conservancy have bought 19,992 acres of land near St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge for $34 million.
The Democrat states that the recently purchased land had been owned by Flint Rock Investments and had been managed by the state for hunting but was [...]

Jan 11, 2008

Park Service Retirees Say No Guns

As I reported in this blog back on December 19, a large coalition of U.S. senators are asking Department of Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne to allow gun owners to carry concealed and loaded firearms into national parks and national wildlife refuges claiming that such a move “would respect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun [...]

Jan 09, 2008

Refuge System Calendar for 2008

The National Wildlife Refuge Association recently announced a newly redesigned website and also a new publication — “The Flyer” — which is the new monthly newsletter of the NWRA.
You can read the January 8, 2008 edition of “The Flyer” on their website. Be sure to check it out as it contains a lot of good [...]