Category Archive: Inside Washington

Bills in the House: One Hurts and Other Helps Refuge System

Yesterday, the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs held a hearing discussing several bills important to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service).  One bill would remove the authority from the Service to …

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Transportation Bill is Vital for Refuge System Success

Recently, a group of Friends members came to Washington D.C. to lobby in support of Refuge System funding and other issues. One of the issues they lobbied in support of is the reauthorizations of the Moving Ahead for Progress in …

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House Interior Funding Bill is a Mixed Bag

Yesterday, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies marked up its Fiscal Year 2015 spending bill, which provides funding for the National Wildlife Refuge System and numerous important conservation programs. The best news coming out of the …

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Need for Updated Regulation of Oil and Gas on Refuges

On May 28, a sheen of oil was spotted in the waters of the Delta National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana, the result of a leak in an underwater flowline. It is estimated that at least 50 barrels of oil have …

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Partners for Conservation Comes to the Capitol

Earlier this week, Executive Director of Partners for Conservation (PFC), Steve Jester with Dina Moore (PFC board member from northern CA) and Duane Coombs (PFC board member from Nevada) came to Washington, D.C. to discuss the benefits of the U.S. …

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Friends and Partners on the Hill for Public Witness Day

Yesterday, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, hosted “Public Witness Day” where two members of Friends groups, and one rancher were among those who testified in support of increased funding for the National Wildlife Refuge System. …

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Getting Kids Outside

Late last month, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell issued a Secretarial Order to significantly expand recreational, educational, volunteer, and career opportunities for millions of youth and veterans on the nation’s public lands. In plain English, she’s pushing to engage …

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Secretary Receives Support for Decision on Izembek

This past December, Secretary Sally Jewell announced her decision to reject a land swap that would authorize building a road through designated Wilderness in the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. Her decision, based on sound science, supports the recommendations made by …

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NWRA President Speaks about Climate Change and the Refuge System

On February 25, the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcomitttee on Oversight met to discuss natural resources adaptation and the importance of healthy ecosystems in protecting communities and boosting local economies. They also discussed how these ecosystems are tied to fishing, …

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The National Wildlife Refuge System received a 4% increase for Fiscal Year ’14!

An omnibus-spending bill for fiscal year (FY) 2014 – which funds the government from October 1, 2013 – September 30, 2014 – was enacted last week. The government had been operating under a Continuing Resolution since the government shut down …

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