National Wildlife Refuges

Facing Severe Budget Shortfall, Nation's Wildlife Refuge System Has Little to Celebrate on its 104th Anniversary

(03/13/2007) - Washington, D.C. -- It’s hard to imagine Theodore Roosevelt being proud of the state of the National Wildlife Refuge System he established 104 years ago tomorrow.  Instead of expanding the system and safeguarding its lands for current and future American’s to enjoy, the system is facing a crippling $2.5 billion refuge budget shortfall that is seriously jeopardizing the future viability of the entire refuge system.  Due to years of flat or declining budgets, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Refuges in Pacific Region Face Funding Crisis

(03/12/2007) - Washington, D.C. -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is making drastic reductions and redeployments of staff in the National Wildlife Refuge System throughout the Pacific region. Reductions in services will be felt in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Guam and several Pacific islands. These reductions will force the elimination of environmental education programs for school children, impose cuts in endangered species recovery programs and sharply reduce habitat


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