National Wildlife Refuges

No Drilling in the Arctic Refuge...For Now

(11/04/2003) - ANCHORAGE , AK -- Lawmakers seeking to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge have failed once again to garner the votes they need. Language opening the Refuge to oil and gas interests was dropped from the energy bill after it became clear that its inclusion could jeopardize final passage. GOP lawmakers sought to portray the remaining bill as a compromise, but environmental groups maintained that the remaining bill largely reflects the desires of the oil industry and would still be disastrous for the environment.

Defenders Celebrates National Wildlife Refuge Week in Refuge System's 100th Year

Online Database Shows Bird Connections Between Your Local Refuge and Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

(10/10/2003) - WASHINGTON -- John Muir observed that everything in nature is connected, and nowhere is that more evident than in our National Wildlife Refuge System, which celebrates its centennial this year.  National Wildlife Refuge Week is October 12-18, and will be marked by events at refuges all over the country.  

Statement on the Senate Vote Stripping a Measure Allowing Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from the FY '04 Budget Resolution

Statement of Rodger Schlickeisen, President of Defenders of Wildlife

(03/19/2003) - The American public has again triumphed over the special interests that would despoil our nation's greatest wildlife sanctuary.


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