Archive for the 'Wildlife Refuges' 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 [...]

May 02, 2013

Impact of Sequester Cuts Felt at Lee Metcalf NWR

The Montana Standard recently published an article that highlights the many problems that the sequester is having — and will have — for the National Wildlife Refuge System, which is a land system already cut to the bone and heavily reliant on volunteers to get much of the work done. The article focused on how [...]

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 28, 2013

Discover the Coastal North Carolina NWR Gateway Visitor Center

The North Carolina Coastal Federation recently posted a nice look at the newish Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuges Gateway Visitor Center on Roanoke Island in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. This visitor center represents eleven national wildlife refuges that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages along the North Carolina coast.
This long-planned visitor [...]

Apr 14, 2013

White-Nose Syndrome Present at Fern Cave NWR

Mother Jones magazine reports that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has confirmed the presence of white-nose syndrome at Fern Cave National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama — reportedly one of the most spectacular caves in the country and a prime habitat for bats.

This cave provides winter hibernation space for several bat species, including the largest [...]

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 the Interior [...]

Apr 08, 2013

Forsythe NWR Recovers from Hurricane Sandy

Five months of work have gone into restoring Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge after the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy, and finally the refuge is getting back on its feet.
NBC40 in New Jersey has a report and video on the recovery.
The refuge reports as of April 4: The Wildlife Drive, the Songbird Trail, [...]

Apr 08, 2013

Virginia Plans to Study Bacteria Risk at Back Bay NWR

WTVR in Virginia reports that the bacteria levels in Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge near Virginia Beach have been a growing concern for 40 years, and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has finally announced it will conduct a study this year to identify the source of the bacteria.
The refuge was established in 1938 and [...]

Apr 05, 2013

Important Role of Environmental Education at Refuges

As the ongoing sequester threatens to close down visitor programs at refuges around the country, it’s important to consider what we could be losing.
The Winona Daily News recently published a profile on Ranger Ed at the Winona district of the Upper Mississippi Natural Wildlife and Fish Refuge in Minnesota.

[Ed] Lagace took his job with [...]

Apr 02, 2013

Sewage Leaks into Minnesota Valley NWR

Outdoor News posted details about the 100,000-gallon sewage leak into Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in February.
The leak occurred when a blockage in a pipe caused sewage to back up and overflow into the refuge. The sewage leaked for at least two days, possibly longer.

While much of the solid waste will have been removed, [...]

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 [...]