Archive for March, 2008

Mar 30, 2008

Protecting Baca NWR

On Refuge Watch, we’ve been tracking the controversy over proposed oil and natural gas drilling at Baca National Wildlife Refuge, which is in southern Colorado and within two miles of the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. The refuge was created from a 100,000-acre purchase of the Baca Ranch, but the U.S. Fish and […]

Mar 25, 2008

NWRA Announces Photo Contest Winners

The National Wildlife Refuge Association has announced the winners of the 2008 Refuge Photo Contest, which showcases the creatures and beauty of America‚Äôs national wildlife refuges. This is the NWRA’s third annual photo contest, and more than 2,000 images from over 150 refuges in 45 states and territories were submitted for prizes during the contest […]

Mar 20, 2008

Comments Needed to Protect Yukon Flats NWR

In 2004, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Doyon corporation reached an initial agreement to trade 110,000 acres of refuge land at Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska — plus subsurface title to another 97,000 refuge acres — for approximately 150,000 acres owned by Doyon. Doyon wants to explore and drill for […]

Mar 18, 2008

Call Your Senators about the Refuge System Budget

The National Wildlife Refuge Association has announced an alert regarding budget talks in the Senate. Senators Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME), are sending a letter to the Senate Interior and Environment appropriations subcommittee urging them to increase funding for the National Wildlife Refuge System to $514 million for Fiscal Year 2009. This level […]

Mar 16, 2008

Rare Fossil Found at Bosque del Apache NWR

Geologists and a graduate student recently discovered a 10 million year old fossil at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, which is located at the northern edge of the Chihuahuan desert, and straddles the Rio Grande, approximately 20 miles south of Socorro, New Mexico. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service press release: On […]

Mar 14, 2008

105th Anniversary of Refuge System

As the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reminds us on the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge website: “On March 14, 1903, without fanfare, President Roosevelt signed an executive order establishing Pelican Island as the first federal bird reservation. He would establish a network of 55 bird reservation and national game preserves for wildlife – the […]

Mar 11, 2008

2008 Refuge System Awards

The National Wildlife Refuge Association and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation have announced the winners of the 2008 National Wildlife Refuge System Awards. Paul Kroegel Refuge Manager of the Year Award: Kevin Brennan, Fergus Falls Wetland Management District, Minnesota Refuge System Employee of the Year: Clyde Morris, Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife […]

Mar 08, 2008

EPA Disapproves of Baca NWR Drilling Analysis

As I reported in this blog back on January 20, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has performed an environmental analysis that would allow a Canadian firm to drill for natural gas in Baca National Wildlife Refuge, which is in southern Colorado and within a few miles of the Great Sand Dunes National Park. On […]

Mar 03, 2008

Call Your Representatives About the FY09 Budget

The National Wildlife Refuge Association is reporting that the Co-Chairs and Vice Co-Chairs of the House Wildlife Refuge Caucus are now circulating a sign-on letter that will ultimately go to members of the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee urging them to fund the National Wildlife Refuge System at $514 million for Fiscal Year 2009. Representatives who […]

Mar 01, 2008

Back Bay NWR Threatened by Marina

The National Wildlife Refuge Association has issued an action alert regarding a threat to Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia. Three years ago, a proposal to build a marina next to the Back Bay NWR near Virginia Beach, Virginia was rejected after hundreds of concerned citizens contacted officials and condemned the project. Now the […]