Archive for the 'Budgets' Category

Apr 28, 2013

Bill Supports Continuation of Wildlife Refuge Volunteer Program

The Courier Post reports that Rep. Jon Runyan, R-N.J. and other congressional representatives have been promoting a bill that would allow the volunteer program in the National Wildlife Refuge System to continue.

Authorization for volunteer programs at national wildlife refuges expires at the end of fiscal 2014. Runyan’s bill, which he described as a “common-sense [...]

Apr 28, 2013

Sequester Brings Cuts to Guam NWR

The Pacific News Center reports that due to sequester cuts, the Guam National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center will now be closed Monday through Friday, beginning May 1.
Access to the Refuge’s self-guided Nature Trails, beach, picnic and fishing spots will remain open to the public during regular operation hours from 7:30 – 4:00 p.m. daily.
The refuge [...]

Apr 02, 2013

USFWS Funding to States Hit by Sequester

The Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel recently reported that while the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service just issued a record $882 million to states this year for fish, wildlife and recreation projects, the amount would have been $44 million greater if not for the sequester, put in place by Congress.

Due to Congress’ inability to reach a [...]

Mar 06, 2013

Sequestration and the National Wildlife Refuge System

Much of the media is reporting that the effects of the sequestration are slow to unfold, but make no mistake that the longer Congress keeps the sequester in place, the more painful it will be for our public lands.
From the National Wildlife Refuge Association:
Beginning today, March 1st, the Federal government is set to enact [...]

Nov 20, 2012

Wildlife About to Fall Off the “Fiscal Cliff”

The Cooperative Alliance for Refuge Enhancement (CARE) is a national coalition of 22 wildlife, sporting, conservation, and scientific organizations. Together, these organizations represent a national constituency numbering more than 15 million Americans. Working together, and with the support of more than 230 refuge Friends groups, CARE educates Congress, the Administration and the public about the [...]

Jan 06, 2012

Tough Budget Times — Sacramento NWR Entrance Fee Doubles

On Capitol Hill these days there seems to be a fever that is pushing politicians to call for more and more budget cuts — often without even knowing the impact of the cuts — and that has led land agencies to look for other forms of funding, such as raising entrance fees.
Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge [...]

Dec 21, 2011

Congress Cuts Refuge System Budget for FY12

The National Wildlife Refuge Association has posted the latest news on the ongoing budget wars in Congress:

Nearly a quarter of the way through the fiscal year, Congress at last passed a spending bill for the Department of the Interior. The final bill, a compromise between the House and the Senate, included a $6 million cut [...]

Dec 14, 2011

Economists & Academics Tell Obama to Protect Land & Water Conservation Fund

From the Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition:
DC—In a letter to President Obama, more than 100 economists and academics in related disciplines today issued a strong call for the President to “create jobs and support businesses by investing in our public lands infrastructure and establishing new protected areas such as parks, wilderness, and monuments.”
Members of [...]

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 [...]

Sep 20, 2011

4th Anniversary of Refuge Watch

Today is the 4th anniversary of the founding of this blog — Refuge Watch.
The National Wildlife Refuge System has never faced threats to its existence and its health as great as it does now. The Refuge System is a part of the federal government that is run well, run cheaply considering its size, and run [...]

Sep 12, 2011

Video Monday: CNN Highlights GOP Attack on Refuge System Budget

CNN Money recently posted a video highlighting the budget attack that the House GOP has mounted against the National Wildlife Refuge System in their current appropriations bill. If enacted, H.R. 2584 would:

Completely close or eliminate major programs at 128 National Wildlife Refuges
Eliminate 275 Refuge Staff
Eliminate virtually any new land acquisitions or conservation easements under the [...]

May 13, 2011

“Restoring America’s Wildlife Refuges 2011: Assets for All Americans”

This week the Cooperative Alliance for Refuge Enhancement (CARE) issued a press release and a report which warns that unless Congress provides adequate funding for the Refuge System, the economic benefits refuges provide, along with the lands, waters, wildlife, and recreation and education opportunities that refuges were established to protect, could be in jeopardy. [...]