Category Archive: Inside Washington

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).

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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.

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Senators Michael Bennet and Ed Markey Introduce Arctic Refuge Wilderness Bill

The bill offers a sensible alternative to several bills that have been introduced in Congress that would open the Arctic to drilling, and it parallels legislation introduced in the House earlier this year to protect this critical area.

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Izembek in the Crosshairs

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-AK, is pushing hard to amend the spending bill to include a ‘rider’ directing the Interior Department to build a road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.

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Global Anti-Poaching Act Seeks to Restrict Illicit Wildlife Trade

As the Global Anti-Poaching Act (H.R. 2494) remains open to amendments on the House of Representatives floor, wildlife advocates are clamoring to have their voices heard – and with good reason. Though international resolutions against the trafficking of threatened and …

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House and Senate Appropriations Committees Release 2016 Funding Recommendations

Over the past few weeks, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees released their draft Fiscal Year 2016 spending bills for the Department of the Interior, including the National Wildlife Refuge System and associated wildlife conservation programs. The bills differ in …

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Bonner Bridge Settlement Announced today

The National Wildlife Refuge Association is pleased to announce the settlement of a lawsuit regarding the Bonner Bridge and North Carolina Highway 12 (NC-12), which runs through the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.   This agreement represents a win-win for everyone …

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Hunting and Fishing at Wildlife Refuges Expanded

As a part of Great Outdoors Month (http://www.greatoutdoorsmonth.org/) the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today a proposal that would expand hunting and fishing opportunities on 21 National Wildlife Refuges around the country and amend regulations for these activities on …

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Protecting Wildlife Across State and International Borders

What do the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act, State Wildlife Grants, and the North American Wetland Conservation Act all have in common? They protect species outside the boundaries of our public lands. Species cross state and international borders, and it’s …

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Transportation and the Refuge System

Congress is currently considering the reauthorization of a major transportation bill that funds federal highways, road improvements and other transportation projects, including roads and infrastructure on public lands such as national wildlife refuges. To help better understand this bill and …

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