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 […]