Category Archive: Inside Washington

Conservation Groups Oppose Vieques Land Transfer in Debt Deal

As Congress debates the language of the Puerto Rico debt relief bill, the provision to convey thousands of acres of the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge to the government of Puerto Rico – opening the door to potential development – remains …

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Tell the White House to Stop Plans to Give Away the Vieques NWR

Vieques National Wildlife Refuge, PR | Jenni Conrad, Creative Commons License/Flickr

The National Wildlife Refuge Association needs your help to join other conservationists across the country and call the White House TODAY to demand that President Obama reject a provision in the Puerto Rico debt relief bill (H.R. 4900) that would …

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Proposed Change to Duck Stamp Design Aims to Raise More Money for Conservation

Each year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service holds a contest to determine a new design for the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, otherwise known as the Duck Stamp. Artists from across the country submit designs in hopes that …

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Permanent link to this article: http://refugeassociation.org/2016/03/proposed-change-to-duck-stamp-design-aims-to-raise-more-money-for-conservation/

Private Landowners Play a Critical Role in Successful Conservation Efforts

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service relies on private landowners to successfully conserve and manage America’s landscapes. The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program (Partners Program) is one of the Service’s most effective tools for building these partnerships across the …

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Two Programs Critical to the Refuge System

Right now we have an opportunity to help by demonstrating support for two programs critical to the Refuge System: the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the North American Wetland Conservation Act (NAWCA).

Permanent link to this article: http://refugeassociation.org/2016/03/two-programs-critical-to-the-refuge-system/

Funding Challenges Facing the Refuge System

The Refuge System is responsible for the management of more than 568 million acres of lands and waters – currently on a shoestring budget of less than $1 per acre – the lowest of any federal public land agency.

Permanent link to this article: http://refugeassociation.org/2016/03/funding-challenges-facing-the-refuge-system/

Historic Vote on Arctic Refuge

Today, the House of Representatives took an historic vote to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s Coastal Plain as Wilderness. Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) offered the House Arctic Refuge Wilderness bill as an amendment to the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational …

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Permanent link to this article: http://refugeassociation.org/2016/02/historic-vote-on-arctic-refuge/

House To Take Monumental Vote on Wilderness Protection for Arctic

Wilderness not only protects these Arctic wildlife species, but also protects the cultural values of Alaska Natives and the conservation values shared by the vast majority of Americans.

Permanent link to this article: http://refugeassociation.org/2016/02/house-to-take-monumental-vote-on-wilderness-protection-for-arctic/

National Wildlife Refuge Association Applauds President’s FY 2017 Budget

Budget request includes a recommendation to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund at $900 million, and $506.6 million for the Refuge System’s Operations and Maintenance budget, which is an increase over the current FY16 budget ($481 million).

Permanent link to this article: http://refugeassociation.org/2016/02/national-wildlife-refuge-association-applauds-presidents-fy-2017-budget/

Land and Water Conservation Fund Reauthorized for Three Years & Proposed Road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge Rejected

Of the $450 million for LWCF, the Refuge System will receive $68.5 million for projects next year.

Permanent link to this article: http://refugeassociation.org/2015/12/land-and-water-conservation-fund-reauthorized-for-three-years-proposed-road-through-izembek-national-wildlife-refuge-rejected/

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