Wildlife Refuge news and what’s happening with the Duck Stamp and the Wildlife Conservation Stamp
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) recently released a report expounding the virtues of the National Wildlife Refuge System and its economic benefits. The publication, Banking on Nature, revealed something we have known for a long time. About 72 percent of total expenditures are generated by non-consumptive activities on refuges!
Imagine how much money could be generated for our National Wildlife Refuges if only a small percentage of those approximately 33 million non-consumptive visitors had the opportunity to purchase a Wildlife Conservation Stamp for $20. Imagine how proud those conservation minded people would feel knowing that their contribution […]
Due to the Government Shutdown all National Wildlife Refuges and National Parks are closed. This shutdown is wreaking havoc from Washington State to Florida and beyond.
Not only are refuge visitors put off by the closure of the National Wildlife Refuges and National Parks, the number of employees that work these facilities is staggering, and they are suffering even greater losses. According to the Department of the Interior Contingency Plan for Operations in the Absence of FY 2014 Appropriations, 7,751 US Fish & Wildlife employees as well as 21,379 National Park Service employees will be furloughed.
Birders and hunters alike are […]
Alaska Board of Game Proposes Predator Hunting in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge’s Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area
Recently, a popular bird watching and photography location in Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) faced a challenge that would have opened the area to predator hunting, an area that since its creation has been open only to non-consumptive uses. The Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area is approximately 2 percent of Kenai NWR and was set aside specifically for wildlife viewing and conservation education. Back in March, a proposal submitted by Loren Reese was approved by the Alaska Board of Game that would have changed these usage priorities.
The Alaska Board of Game’s (BOG) main role is “to conserve and develop Alaska’s wildlife […]
Created by Congress in 1965, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) was a bipartisan commitment to safeguard natural areas, water resources and our cultural heritage, and to provide recreation opportunities to all Americans. National parks like Rocky Mountain, the Grand Canyon, and the Great Smoky Mountains, as well as national wildlife refuges, national forests, rivers and lakes, community parks, trails, and ball fields in every one of our 50 states were set aside for Americans to enjoy thanks to federal funds from the Land and Water Conservation Fund1.
It was a simple idea: use revenues from the depletion of […]