Profile: Nat. Wildlife Refuge System
US Fish & Wildlife Service
The Mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.
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In response to a growing poaching crisis that is rapidly pushing populations of African elephants, rhinos and other species to the brink of extinction, on July 25, 2015 President Obama announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is proposing new regulations that would prohibit most interstate commerce in African elephant ivory and further restrict commercial exports. This action, combined with others FWS has already taken, will result in a near total ban on the domestic commercial trade of African elephant ivory. The proposed rule builds upon restrictions put in place last year following President Obama’s Executive Order on combating wildlife trafficking.
Category: Social Awareness
This year’s nesting season for the federally-endangered whooping crane on Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, WI, has been the most successful since the refuge began working to establish a self-sustaining population in 2001.
But while a new method of increasing whooping chick survival rates has shown success, Necedah Refuge staff still faces challenges even as they are increasingly optimistic about the whooping crane population.
To preserve wilderness character, refuge managers must show their actions are the minimum required for administering the area as wilderness and necessary to accomplish the purposes of the refuge, including Wilderness Act purposes. What that generally means: no heavy machinery; no cars, trucks or aircraft; no easy–access roads or landing pads; no loud noises.
Conservationists around the world and this issue of Refuge Update are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964. But the idea of legally protecting wilderness in the United States did not magically arise that year. The law represents a half–century–long struggle that began with people like John Muir and culminated with people like Olaus Murie and Howard Zahniser.