Archive for October, 2011

Oct 28, 2011

Semipostal Stamp for the National Wildlife Refuge System

Congressman Gregorio Sablan of the Northern Mariana Islands reported on his website that the House Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs held a hearing recently on the Wildlife Refuge System Conservation Semipostal Stamp Act of 2011.

The bill, H.R. 2236, received the support of the Obama Administration and from committee members on both sides [...]

Oct 28, 2011

Canaan Valley NWR Gets 325-acre Addition

The Conservation Fund and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have announced the addition of 325 acres to Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge in West Virginia.

It connects two areas of the Refuge, securing a significant ecological corridor with the Monongahela National Forest and establishing a critical link in the Heart of the Highlands Trail.
Identified by [...]

Oct 28, 2011

Logging Challenged at Mississippi’s Noxubee NWR

The Center for Biological Diversity has sent a notice of intent to sue to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under the Endangered Species Act regarding logging of endangered red-cockaded woodpecker habitat on the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge in Mississippi.
According to CBD:

The Fish and Wildlife Service prepared a “comprehensive conservation plan” for the refuge [...]

Oct 28, 2011

Tea Party Attacking Environmental Protection Again — This Time on the Borders

In what is becoming a very common story, the Tea Party has found a new way to attack environmental protection in America. According to the Alaska Dispatch, Tea Party Caucus Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah — who you should note lives nowhere near an international border — has managed to get a bill out of his [...]

Oct 25, 2011

James W. Kurth Named Chief, National Wildlife Refuge System

From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced the selection of James (Jim) Kurth as the agency’s Chief for the National Wildlife Refuge System. Kurth, a 32-year veteran of the Refuge System, has served as the Service’s Deputy Chief for the Refuge System since 1999.
As Chief, Kurth [...]

Oct 20, 2011

USFWS Releases 10-year Blueprint for the Refuge System

For the past 18 months, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been working on formulating a 10-year blueprint for the future of the National Wildlife Refuge System — a process which culminated in the “Conserving the Future” conference in Wisconsin back in July.
Entitled Conserving the Future: Wildlife Refuges and the Next Generation, the Service’s [...]

Oct 20, 2011

Stamp Out Extinction

The U.S. Postal Service has issued a special semipostal stamp to benefit elephants, rhinoceros, tigers, great apes, and marine turtles under the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s “Wildlife Without Borders” Multinational Species Conservation Funds.
Only the fourth of its kind, this stamp is now available in post offices nationwide and will remain on sale for at [...]

Oct 18, 2011

Controversy Brewing at Chincoteague NWR Over CCP

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, which is located on the southern end of Assateague Island in Virginia and which is part of a popular beach community, is in the process of writing their Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP), which is required of each refuge in the nation.
The difference for Chincoteague is that some of the CCP [...]

Oct 18, 2011

Land and Water Conservation Fund Under Attack from Republicans

The Washington Post recently ran an article titled, “Land and Water Conservation Fund under attack from Republicans in Congress,” which highlights the recent aggressive efforts by Republicans to undermine the LWCF’s ability to protect land in America.
The LWCF is a federal program that was established by Congress in 1964 to provide funds and matching grants [...]

Oct 14, 2011

Partnership Protects 2500 Acres for New Neches River NWR

PulteGroup Inc recently announced that the PulteGroup Land Legacy Fund, working in partnership with The Conservation Fund, has acquired 2,500 acres of East Texas forest that will be given to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to become part of the new Neches River National Wildlife Refuge in Texas.

Home to the bobcat and the near-threatened [...]

Oct 12, 2011

Pea Island NWR Open Again After Hurricane Irene

HamptonRoads.com is reporting that Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge in the Outer Banks of North Carolina is open again after authorities finished building a temporary bridge that spans an inlet created by Hurricane Irene.

The wildlife refuge reopens in time for fall migration and Wings Over Water, an annual event that includes nearly 100 field trips [...]

Oct 11, 2011

Senate Commemorates National Wildlife Refuge Week

The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution designating the week of October 9-15, 2011 as National Wildlife Refuge Week. National Wildlife Refuge Week was first commemorated by the Senate last year and was initiated under President Bill Clinton.
The resolution (S.R. 288), passed by unanimous consent, recognizes the importance of America’s 553 National Wildlife Refuges and [...]