Archive for September, 2010

Sep 30, 2010

Court Reaches Decision on Bison Range Management

As this blog reported in previous posts (see April 8, 2009 and March 24, 2010), both the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and the Blue Goose Alliance had sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding the Execution of the Annual Funding Agreement with the Consolidated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT), which would have [...]

Sep 29, 2010

“Refuge Update” - September/October 2010

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has published their September/October 2010 Refuge Update newsletter.
This issue includes stories about the 2011 Vision Conference, the BP oil spill, measuring marsh elevation in the Chesapeake Bay region, dogs doing conservation work at refuges, and “green” projects around the Refuge System.
 
 
 
 
 
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Sep 29, 2010

Horses Rounded Up at Sheldon NWR

As this blog reported back on August 4, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is pressing for the removal of wild horses from Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge in Nevada.
The Associated Press is now reporting that the USFWS has secretly rounded up almost 400 horses at the refuge.

Paul Steblein, the agency’s project leader in Sheldon, confirmed [...]

Sep 26, 2010

Settlement Reached in Baca NWR Drilling Controversy

Chieftain.com is reporting that a settlement has been reached regarding the controversial drilling proposal at Baca National Wildlife Refuge, which is close to the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado. (see previous blog posts on Sept. 4, 2009, Feb. 17, 2009, and Dec. 7, 2008).
The San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council and San Luis Valley [...]

Sep 24, 2010

Oil Lingers at Bon Secour NWR

AL.com reports that Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama still has tar balls around the wildlife refuge’s beaches, from the water’s edge up to the beginning of the sand dunes.

The team found tarballs washing ashore with every wave Wednesday morning in the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. And just off the beach, in about [...]

Sep 24, 2010

Senate Passes “Refuge Week” Resolution

For the first time ever, the U.S. Senate has passed a resolution designating the week of October 10-16 as National Wildlife Refuge Week. While the week has been celebrated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service every October since 1995, and President Bill Clinton issued a proclamation in 1996, the resolution (SR 644) passed today [...]

Sep 24, 2010

Photo Friday: Nesting Albatrosses at Midway Atoll NWR

This photo of a pair of Laysan albatrosses working together to protect their eggs was taken at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the Pacific. Seventeen species of seabirds nest each year on islands within Midway Atoll NWR. The largest albatross colony in the world is on Midway Atoll with an estimated 1.5 million birds. [...]

Sep 23, 2010

Open Houses on the Proposed Hackmatack NWR

The Friends of Hackmatack are urging supporters to attend U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Open Houses on the proposed Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge. This blog has reported on the proposed creation of the refuge (Feb 13 and April 10), which would be located in northeastern Illinois and southeastern Wisconsin.
In October 2010, as part of their [...]

Sep 23, 2010

2010 USFWS Environmental Leadership Awards

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced the recipients of the Environmental Leadership Awards. These awards recognize the Service’s offices, employees and contractors for their exceptional achievements in recycling, waste/pollution prevention, sustainable design/green buildings, energy efficiency and renewable energy, environmental management systems, environmental cleanup/restoration, minimized petroleum use in transportation, and green purchasing.
This [...]

Sep 22, 2010

Full Agency Status for Refuge System?

Don Redfearn of the Blue Goose Alliance has posted a suggestion on the federal government’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative dialogue site stating that the National Wildlife Refuge System should be given agency status within the Department of Interior that is equivalent to other federal land management agencies — rather than being only one program of [...]

Sep 22, 2010

Refuge News Briefs - 09/22/10

Southwest Airlines to Donate $1 From Early Bird Check-In Purchase to the National Wildlife Refuge Association

Loggerhead turtle nests rebound in Brevard

Nature Rocks™ Announces New Partnership With U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Refuge Group Challenges Middle’s Master Plan

Securing the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge

Three Whooping Cranes walk into a marsh

Sep 20, 2010

Video Monday: Prime Hook NWR and Dune Restoration

As this blog reported on July 27 and July 28, there has been an ongoing controversy at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware about saltwater intrusion into a series of freshwater marshes that for decades have been maintained using water-control devices to keep freshwater in and saltwater out.
Adding to the controversy is the fact [...]