Archive for the 'Congress' Category

May 16, 2013

House Committee Approves Two Pro-Refuge System Bills

The Examiner reports that the House Committee on Natural Resources recently passed H.R. 1300, which would reauthorize volunteer programs and community partnerships for national wildlife refuges through 2017, and H.R. 1384 – the Wildlife Refuge System Conservation Semipostal Stamp Act of 2013 – which would raise money to address the maintenance backlog and operational shortfall […]

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. […]

Apr 11, 2013

Sally Jewell Confirmed as the 51st Secretary of Interior

Yesterday the U.S. Senate confirmed Sally Jewell as the new Secretary of the Interior with a vote of 87-11. She succeeds Ken Salazar, who is retiring. Reaction from the National Wildlife Refuge Association: The National Wildlife Refuge Association today expressed its strong support for Sally Jewell as the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nov 02, 2012

Tram Tours at Hagerman NWR

The North Texas e-News recently reported on the popular tram tours at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in north Texas. The C&E Cardinal Express is a new electric tram at Hagerman NWR where visitors can enjoy refuge tours along the Auto Route. The tram holds up to 14 and “operates silently for minimum disturbance of wildlife.” […]

Mar 14, 2012

New Bob Hines Biography

For anyone who has followed bird art produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the name Bob Hines should be familiar. Robert W. (Bob) Hines (1912-1994) was born in Columbus, Ohio, and though he had no formal training in art or in wildlife science, by the age of twenty-seven he was working as staff […]

Feb 13, 2012

Friends Testify Before Congress in Support of Harris Neck NWR

As this blog reported in July 2010, Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia is under attack as Republican Representative Jack Kingston and an organization called the Harris Neck Land Trust are attempting to remove the refuge from the National Wildlife Refuge System so it can be turned over to descendants of former land owners […]

Jan 24, 2012

Caddo Lake NWR Land/Water Transfer Still On Hold

News-Journal.com in Texas reports that the land/water transfer between the Army and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Texas is still on hold, four months after the parties last met. The Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant is a federal Superfund pollution site, and the USFWS wants assurances that the Army […]

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 […]