Category Archive: Refuge News

President Signs The ‘Keep America’s Refuges Operational Act’ Into Law

Read our press release on the President signing the Keep America’s Refuges Operational Act into law after being passed by the Senate on April 9th and the House in December! 

Permanent link to this article: https://www.refugeassociation.org/2018/04/president-signs-the-keep-americas-refuges-operational-act-into-law/

Santa Ana Gets Reprieve from Border Wall

There will be no border wall dividing the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge anytime soon. But the fight to protect this 2000-acre jewel that is home to nearly 200 species including endangered ocelots is far from over. 

Permanent link to this article: https://www.refugeassociation.org/2018/04/santa-ana-gets-reprieve-from-border-wall/

FY18 Omnibus Appropriations Bill — What’s In It?

On March 23, 2018, President Trump signed a final omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal year 2018 (FY18) which included many wildlife conservation priorities. The fiscal year officially began on October 1, 2017 but the government has been funded through a series of “Continuing Resolutions” since then. This funding bill will fund the government until September 30, 2018. In the meanwhile, work is already underway on fiscal year 2019 bill.

So – what was in the final law?

Permanent link to this article: https://www.refugeassociation.org/2018/03/fy18-omnibus-appropriations-bill-whats-in-it/

Happy Birthday National Wildlife Refuge System, 115 Years Old!

Today is the National Wildlife Refuge System’s Birthday! To celebrate we created a story on the Marine National Monuments and their relationships with National Wildlife Refuges.  Read about Papahānaumokuākea, the Pacific Remote Islands, Rose Atoll and Mariana Trench.   We hope you enjoy! 

Permanent link to this article: https://www.refugeassociation.org/2018/03/happy-birthday-national-wildlife-refuge-system-115-years-old-today/

FY19 President’s Budget Request Memo

On February 12, 2018, President Trump released his Budget request for fiscal year 2019 (FY19) appropriations for the Department of the Interior, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS).

Permanent link to this article: https://www.refugeassociation.org/2018/02/fy19-presidents-budget-request-memo/

Footage From Save Santa Ana NWR Rally

Our President Geoff Haskett joined other speakers at the Save Santa Ana Rally to speak in opposition to a proposed border wall that would be built across the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.refugeassociation.org/2018/01/footage-from-save-santa-ana-nwr-rally/

Amidst Shutdown Chaos, Trump Administration Gives Away Public Land in Alaska

Heart of Globally Important National Wildlife Refuge Illegally Exchanged to Allow for Foreign
Company’s Profits

Permanent link to this article: https://www.refugeassociation.org/2018/01/amidst-shutdown-chaos-trump-administration-gives-away-public-land-in-alaska/

Former DOI Officials Send Letter on Migratory Bird Treaty Act to Secretary Zinke

On Dec 22nd, Secretary Zinke issued guidance to reinterpret one of the oldest and most important conservation laws of our nation – the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) which will have implications on migratory birds. Bipartisan Interior leaders from several …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.refugeassociation.org/2018/01/letter-on-migratory-bird-treaty-act-to-secretary-zinke-from-former-doi-officials/

Southwest Florida Landscape Conservation Design

It is a well known is the fact that Florida is one of the fastest growing states with more than 350,000 new people moving there each year.  Yet, the rural heartlands of southwest and south-central Florida harbor a rich mosaic …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.refugeassociation.org/2017/12/southwest-florida-landscape-conservation-design/

Secretary Zinke pushes for Izembek Road

 “Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is pushing a plan to build a road through the protected Izembek Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Critics say it’s a dangerous precedent.”  

Permanent link to this article: https://www.refugeassociation.org/2017/12/cnn-special-report-secretary-zinke-pushes-for-izembek-road/

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