National Wildlife Refuges

Babbitt Manassas Visit Highlights Upcoming Land Legislation

(09/23/1999) - Conservationists say that Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt’s visit to the Manassas National Battlefield Park in Manassas, Virginia, today highlights an historic opportunity to preserve not only Civil War sites but also invaluable lands, wildlife, and coastal areas elsewhere in the region and the nation.

"President Clinton, Interior Secretary Babbitt, and some legislators in both parties are presenting the country with an historic opportunity to protect the nation’s most valuable but unprotected natural and

Congress Called on to Pass Legislation for to Protection of Delmarva Fox Squirrel

(09/09/1999) - Annapolis, MD - Today, GREEN along with Defenders of Wildlife, Anne Arundel Sierra Club, Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage, Maryland Interfaith Coalition for the Environment, and Maryland PIRG, released "Saving America's Geography of Hope: Why Congress Must Protect Our Land and Ocean Legacy." The report profiles the Blackwater Wildlife Refuge and habitat for the Delmarva fox squirrel as well as more than 40 other special places that could be protected if Congress passes strong conservation funding legislation.

Senate Vote Ends Longstanding Debate Over the National Wildlife Refuge System

(09/09/1997) - Washington D.C.-- The U.S. Senate today ended a longstanding debate over the future of the National Wildlife Refuge System by approving legislation outlining management of the system's more than 500 refuges. By voice vote the Senate took up and passed a slightly amended version of the House-passed National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act, H.R. 1420.

Obama Administration Announces Expansion of National Monument in Pacific


September 25, 2014

Contact: Courtney Sexton, 202-772-0253,

Obama Administration Announces Major Expansion of Marine National Monument in Pacific

Expanded Monument in Pacific Ocean centered around national wildlife refuges will protect marine wildlife

Bi-partisan support for Secretary Jewell’s decision: No road through Izembek refuge

WASHINGTON (March 19, 2014) – Defenders of Wildlife Senior Vice President for Conservation Programs, Donald Barry, cosigned a bipartisan letter with three other former assistant secretaries for fish and wildlife and parks from the Department of the Interior, thanking Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell for making the right decision in December to reject a highly contentious and damaging road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, despite intense polit


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