(11/15/2001) - Wendell Berry once wrote, "When despair for the world
grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life
and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in
his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds."
For the 35 million Americans who visit each year, the
national wildlife refuge system is a place to find solace with the wood duck and
the heron, and many other species. And in these times, Americans need places of