13 03, 2016

Happy Birthday, National Wildlife Refuge System!

By | March 13th, 2016|National Wildlife Refuges, Press Releases|0 Comments

Hooray for America’s nature. One big reason it’s there to treasure: the National Wildlife Refuge System, the world’s premier network of public lands devoted to wildlife conservation. The Refuge System turns 113 on March 14. Managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, refuges provide vital habitat for thousands of species and access to pastimes from fishing and hunting to nature watching, hiking, biking and boating. National wildlife refuges protect wildlife habitat on dramatic landscapes that range from Oregon’s rocky cliffs to Texas lagoons, and from Alaska wilderness to woods and ponds within Philadelphia city limits. President Teddy Roosevelt created [...]

11 03, 2016

Westside Project Threatens over 100 Northern Spotted Owls in California

By | March 11th, 2016|Conservation, In The News, Press Releases|0 Comments

Washington, D.C., March 9, 2016 Fourteen timber sales in the Klamath National Forest approved by the USDA Forest Service late last month have received permission from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to take* up to 103 Northern Spotted Owls, a subspecies already in steep decline. The Westside project, approved on Feb. 29, proposes extensive post-fire salvage logging, 70 percent of which is in forest reserves designated by the Northwest Forest Plan as areas for wildlife conservation and forest restoration. “According to analysis by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, habitat will be removed from up to 57 areas where [...]

10 01, 2016

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Events: An Open Letter to the American People

By | January 10th, 2016|In The News, National Wildlife Refuges|0 Comments

The events unfolding at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge over the past week should be enough to give all Americans pause. An armed group of anti-government zealots have broken into and occupied public land that is meant to be enjoyed by all Americans. As the welcome sign at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge states, "Welcome to Your National Wildlife Refuge System." David Houghton, President of the National Wildlife Refuge Association, wrote an "Open Letter to the American People" that we think sums up the situation well. You can read the full text of his letter here. He ties up his commentary this way [...]

16 11, 2015

There Wasn’t a Problem Until They Let the Land and Water Conservation Fund Expire

By | November 16th, 2015|Conservation, In The News, Press Releases|0 Comments

Washington, D.C. – House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement on the release of Chairman Rob Bishop’s (R-Utah) new bill to weaken the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which the House Republican majority allowed to expire in September for the first time in its 50-year history. Bishop has refused to hold a hearing on Grijalva’s bill (H.R. 1814) to reauthorize the program, which currently has 195 bipartisan cosponsors. “There wasn’t a problem with the Land and Water Conservation Fund until Chairman Bishop decided to let it expire. Bipartisan coalitions in the House [...]

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