Archive for the 'Dept. of Interior' Category

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

Endangered Deer Relocated to Ridgefield NWR

The Reflector in Washington state reports that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been transferring endangered Columbian white-tailed deer from the Julia Butler Hansen Refuge in Cathlamet to Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. The move was made after the USFWS discovered the potential failure of a dike along Steamboat Slough Road in Cathlamet brought on […]

Mar 06, 2013

“Road to Nowhere” Not Dead Yet

As this blog reported on February 5, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced that they oppose a land transfer that would have allowed for the construction of a gravel “Road to Nowhere” through federally designated wilderness in one of the most pristine refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System — Izembek NWR in […]

Feb 18, 2013

2013 Refuge System Award Winners

The National Wildlife Refuge Association and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation have announced the honorees for the prestigious annual National Wildlife Refuge System Awards. The awards honor the Refuge Manager, Refuge Employee, Refuge Volunteer and Friends Group of the Year. “The Refuge System could not function, let alone be the bright star of conservation […]

Feb 05, 2013

USFWS Kills Proposed “Road to Nowhere” at Izembek NWR

As this blog had reported in the past, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was considering a controversial land swap at Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, which would have lead to the construction of a gravel “Road to Nowhere” through federally designated wilderness in one of the most pristine refuges in the National Wildlife […]

Feb 01, 2013

Hurricane Sandy Repair List Posted for the Refuge System

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has posted their Hurricane Sandy repair list, which outlines (by state) the national wildlife refuges that will be receiving repair work. According to the USFWS, they will receive $68.2 million to make repairs to 25 national wildlife refuges and three national fish hatcheries from Florida to Maine. The funds […]

Jan 25, 2013

New Refuge is Proposed for Tennessee

The Tennessean reports that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is hoping to create a new national wildlife refuge in central Tennessee. The refuge would be named the Paint Rock River National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge would cover about 25,000 acres in Franklin County near Estill Fork, Hurricane Creek and Larkin Fork. Dwight Cooley, who […]

Jan 24, 2013

Praise for Retiring Refuge Manager Jean Takekawa

A recent article in The Olympian sung the praises of retiring Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Manager Jean Takekawa, who just ended a 35-year career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Five months after her South Sound arrival from her wildlife biologist job at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, a 500-year […]

Dec 09, 2012

Sheila McCartan Wins 2012 Sense of Wonder Award

Sheila McCartan, Visitor Services Manager and Park Ranger for the Pacific Region’s Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge was honored with the 2012 Sense of Wonder Award. The Rachel Carson ‘Sense of Wonder’ Recognition Program recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of interpretation and environmental education within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Ms. McCartan was recognized […]

Dec 09, 2012

Jim Hall: Chief of Law Enforcement, Refuge System

The Washington Post recently featured Jim Hall, Chief of Law Enforcement, National Wildlife Refuge System, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in their Federal Faces article. Hall began his career with the Fish and Wildlife Service as a tractor operator at Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia, and soon became refuge manager for Harris Neck, […]

Nov 25, 2012

USFWS Alaska Bracing for Large Amount of Retirements

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Alaska office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is preparing for the retirement of 40 to 50 senior Alaska employees at the end of the year, just less than 10 percent of its workforce. That’s the number of workers who can take advantage of a one-time window […]

Oct 02, 2012

California Artist Robert Steiner Wins 2012 Federal Duck Stamp Contest

Robert Steiner, an artist from San Francisco, California, is the winner of the 2012 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. The announcement was made by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Deputy Director Rowan Gould at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, during the annual art contest – the only juried art competition sponsored by the federal […]