Posts tagged: refuges
HUNTING — The Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge in North Idaho and the Willapa Refuge in Western Washington are among 20 federal refuges that could see hunting opportunities expanded under a proposal released today by Interior Sally Jewell.
In addition, six refuges in four states would be opened to hunting for the first time.
While waterfowl hunting already is allowed at the Kootenai Refuge near Bonners Ferrry, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department plans to also allow limited upland bird hunting.
“Sportsmen and women were a major driving force behind the creation and expansion of the National Wildlife Refuge System more than a century ago and continue to be some of its strongest supporters, especially through their volunteer work and financial contributions,” Jewell said in a statement released today. “Keeping our hunting and angling heritage strong by providing more opportunities on our refuges will not only help raise up a new generation of conservationists, but also support local businesses and create jobs in local communities.”
Under the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, the Service can permit hunting and fishing along with four other types of wildlife-dependent recreation where they are compatible with the refuge’s purpose and mission.
Controlled elk hunts debuted in 2010 at Turnbull Wildlife Refuge south of Cheney geared primarily to reducing the habitat damage being caused by the growing herd. The refuge also hosts a limited number of youth hunters in designated blinds for Washington's special two-day youth waterfowl hunting season in September.
Hunting, within specified limits, is permitted on more than 329 national wildlife refuges. Fishing is permitted on more than 271 wildlife refuges. Find specifics for each refuge here.
“After careful consideration and review from the Service, this proposal represents one of the largest expansions of hunting and fishing opportunities on wildlife refuges in recent years,” said Dan Ashe, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director.
Read on for details on the 26 refuges involved in the proposal.
TRAILS – Trails at Liberty Lake, Mount Spokane and the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge are scheduled for rerouting or maintenance projects by the Washington Trails Association in the next few weeks.
The most ambitious project involves work near a popular waterfall to make the Liberty Lake County Park natural area trail safer and more sustainable.
All of the work is done by volunteers led by trained WTA leaders. Some businesses, such as Itron, have encouraged employees to volunteer on specific days, said Jane Baker, WTA leader in Spokane.
Liberty Lake work dates are Sept. 5, 6, 8, 12, 13, 27, 29 and Oct. 11, 13 and 14.
Mount Spokane projects are underway this weekend with more set for Sept. 15-16.
Little Pend Oreille Refuge work is set for Sept. 22-23.
Sign-up online or call (206) 625-1367.
PUBLIC LANDS — Friday is the deadline for public comment on a draft vision of the future for the National Wildlife Refuge System.
A wide range of comments already has been posted on the elaborate website AmericaWildlife.org sponsored by the U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service. (This is the best place to start.)
For example, some see wilderness values in many refuges.
The Izaak Walton League, which works to increase the number of hunters and anglers in America, is encouraged that one of the recommendations in the vision would double youth participation in hunting and fishing on refuges by 2020. Others are not so keen about hunting on refuges.
People are posting bold ideas and others are voting on them.
A vision document – to be adopted in July at a conference in Madison, Wis. – will guide this premier system for wildlife protection into the next decade and beyond.
Read on for more details and links.
CONSERVATION — The 4th annual dinner and auction fundraiser sponsored by the Friends of Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge is set for March 27 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. in Spokane.
The events helps fund Turnbull’s environmental education programs, which have introduced thousands of children to quality nature experiences.
Tickets cost $25 for Friends members and $30 for nonmembers. Price includes a pasta dinner.
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