The Statesman Journal in Oregon is reporting that two times in as many months, arsonists have destroyed the Pintail Boardwalk and Observation Blind at Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. Volunteer Dan Gilmour has rebuilt the blind both times for the refuge — refusing to be intimidated by vandals with nothing better to do than [...]
Archive for April, 2009
Today Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that he will establish an Office of Youth to provide Department-wide leadership for programs to educate, engage and employ youth. The office will teach young Americans about the value of national wildlife refuges, national parks, and other public lands, as well as volunteerism and conservation.
From the press [...]
The Department of the Interior has released the official list of national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries around the country that will receive part of the $280 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to build visitors centers, improve infrastructure, and bolster conservation.
According to the recovery.doi.gov website, the money will go toward:
Could conservation plan sink motor boating at Deer Flat wildlife refuge in Canyon County?
Moratorium on killing mountain lions extended on Kofa NWR
Two Arrowwood NWR dikes fail as water rises
Great horned owl winning logo for Migratory Bird Celebration
Minnesota eagles soaring to new heights
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that the 2009-2010 Federal Junior Duck Stamp contest was won by 16-year-old Lily Spang of Toledo, Ohio. Her painting was chosen by a panel of judges on April 22 at the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest held at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. [...]
April 22 is Earth Day, which has been celebrated annually since 1970. According to the Earth Day Network website:
Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, proposed the first nationwide environmental protest “to shake up the political establishment and force this issue onto the national agenda. ” “It was a gamble,” he [...]
As this blog reported on March 19, 2009, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly recently blocked the controversial rule issued during the end of the Bush administration that would have allowed visitors to national wildlife refuges and national parks to carry loaded, concealed weapons. In her ruling, Kollar-Kotelly wrote that federal officials “abdicated their Congressionally-mandated obligation” [...]
Farmers applaud rescission of federal lands rule
Freedom High School students spend day at Mason Neck refuge
Sherburne Refuge names Ziner volunteer of year
Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge biologist wins award
Groups seek more hunting at Ridgefield refuge
According to Wikipedia, geocaching (pronounced geo-cashing) “is an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called “geocaches” or “caches”) anywhere in the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container (usually a tupperware or ammo box) containing a [...]
According to the Little Chicago Review in Fontenelle, Wyoming, the Army Corps of Engineers recently held hearings to get input from the public about a water development proposal by Aaron Million, who is an entrepreneur from Colorado.
From the Review:
The proposal, which would call for the development of a pipeline from southwest Wyoming to the [...]
This week two different publications wrote about the major contributions of volunteers at national wildlife refuges. In West Virginia’s Charleston Daily Mail, the paper reported on how more than 30 volunteers planted 150 trees at the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge. According to the Mail:
Visitor services manager Janet Butler says it’s gratifying to see [...]
Arrowwood refuge bracing, diking for record runoff
Minnesota Valley refuge’s visitor center will be closed into fall
Refuge provides more land for recreation
Des Lacs NWR River Control