Archive for October, 2008

Oct 30, 2008

More Speculation about the New Secretary of the Interior

In a previous blog post, I talked about speculation from The Huffington Post about who the new Secretary of Interior might be if Barack Obama wins the election, as the polls seem to indicate.
Now Grist — the website of environmental news and commentary — is offering their predictions for a future Secretary of Interior, and [...]

Oct 30, 2008

Ottawa NWR Visitor Center Wins Award

According to the Port Clinton News Herald, the beautiful new visitor center at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, which lies along the southern edge of Lake Erie in Ohio, has won an award for energy efficiency from the U.S. Department of Energy.
The Ottawa Wildlife Refuge visitor center received the Energy Department’s award for Sustainable Design [...]

Oct 28, 2008

Patoka River NWR Proves Itself “Useful”

On October 26, Steve Ford of the Evansville, Indiana Courier & Press published an article declaring that Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge and Wildlife Management Area had proven its usefulness to the Indiana community.

There might have been a time when I would have looked at the back page of the Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for [...]

Oct 25, 2008

Who Would be Secretary of Interior in an Obama Administration

The most respected polls in America clearly indicate that unless something dramatic happens in the next ten days, Democrat Barack Obama will likely be the next president of the United States, which means we’ll soon be hearing names tossed about for those individuals who will be serving in the new cabinet.
Fortunately, recent media reports indicate [...]

Oct 25, 2008

USFWS Rejects Further Environmental Analysis for Drilling in Baca NWR

In the past, this blog has reported on the ongoing controversey about drilling in Baca National Wildlife Refuge in Colorado (see post here and here).
On October 24, 2008, The Valley Courier in Colorado reported on the recent announcement by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that said exploratory drilling at the refuge will [...]

Oct 22, 2008

2008 Federal Duck Stamp Winner Announced

Artist Joshua Spies from Watertown, South Dakota took first place in the 2008 Federal Duck Stamp Contest that was held in Bloomington, Minnesota with his acrylic oil painting of a male long-tailed duck floating with a decoy. The second place winner was James Hautman of Chaska, Minnesota, with an acrylic painting of a pair of [...]

Oct 18, 2008

Hunting Guide to National Wildlife Refuges

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has published a guide to hunting on America’s national wildlife refuges. According to the USFWS Hunting web page:

More than 300 hunting programs exist on national wildlife refuges, and many refuges offer hunts and blinds specifically designed for people with disabilities, as well as hunts organized to introduce youngsters to [...]

Oct 18, 2008

New Approach to Whooping Crane Management

The Capital Times in Wisconsin is reporting that this year’s crop of young endangered whooping cranes (14 birds in all) will be led from their Wisconsin home at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge to two different Florida national wildlife refuges this year — Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge and St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge.
According to The Capital [...]

Oct 14, 2008

NPS and FWS Employees/Retirees Speak Out Against Relaxed Gun Regulations

On October 14, the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees released a study titled, “Natural and Cultural Resource Impacts and Management Consequences of the Proposed Regulation to Authorize the Possession of Concealed Firearms in Units of the National Park & National Wildlife Refuge Systems.”
According to the CNPSR press release, the report finds that:

More than [...]

Oct 14, 2008

Request For Nominations - 2009 NWRS Awards

The National Wildlife Refuge Association has announced that they are now accepting nominations for the 2009 National Wildlife Refuge System Awards.
According to the announcement:

The Awards, sponsored by the National Wildlife Refuge Association and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, honor outstanding accomplishments by Refuge Managers, Refuge System Employees, Volunteers and Friends Groups. Recognizing the [...]

Oct 11, 2008

Nat’l Wildlife Refuge Week is Oct 12-18

Sunday marks the beginning of National Wildlife Refuge Week, an annual event that celebrates the diversity and resources of America’s 548 national wildlife refuges. In addition, this year’s celebration will also recognize the 75th anniversary of the Federal Duck Stamp Program and the 50th anniversary of the Small Wetlands Program.
According to the Refuge Week [...]

Oct 08, 2008

Canadian Gov’t Opposes Drilling in Arctic NWR

The National Post in Canada recently reported that Canada’s conservative government — led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper — has been lobbying against America drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge:

Harper himself was not asked about ANWR and did not state a position on the drilling issue during his most recent pre-election tour of the [...]