CARE Calls Upon Congress to Abandon Sequestration and Fully Fund the National Wildlife Refuge System

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The Cooperative Alliance for Refuge Enhancement (CARE) urges Congress to ensure a future for America’s wildlife heritage and fully fund our National Wildlife Refuge System.

Sequestration could cut the Refuge System’s budget by nearly 10%, but coupled with an additional annual appropriation cut, the overall impact could be as much as 20%.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages the 150-million-acre System on a shoestring budget of only $3.24 per acre. Further, refuges rely on the support of their Friends groups and volunteers, who perform 20% of all work done throughout the Refuge System.

Fiscal Cliff Dwellers

Protecting and adequately funding the lands, waters, and wildlife of our 560 national wildlife refuges should be a bipartisan priority. Now, more than ever, the National Wildlife Refuge System is a worthwhile investment in America’s economic recovery and future.

The top ten fiscal impacts to the National Wildlife Refuge System:

  1. Closed Refuges and Visitor Centers

  2. Lost Hunting and Fishing Opportunities

  3. Volunteers Turned Away

  4. Lost Revenue in Local Economies

  5. Increased Poaching, Vandalism and Drug Smuggling

  6. Lost Opportunities for Birding and Wildlife Watching


  7. Spread of Invasive Species

  8. Halted Habitat Restoration and Fire Management

  9. Delayed Response to Hurricane and Natural Disaster Devastation

  10. Termination of the Inventory and Monitoring Program

CARE is a national coalition of 22 wildlife, sporting, conservation, and scientific organizations formed in 1995. Together, these organizations represent a national constituency numbering more than 15 million Americans. Working together, and with the support of more than 200 volunteer refuge Friends groups, CARE educates Congress, the Administration and the public about America’s magnificent National Wildlife Refuge System1.

I summarized this report from CARE. You can download the full report from Defenders of Wildlife here. If you haven’t done so already, please take the time to sign the petition for a new Federal Wildlife Conservation Stamp to help fund our National Wildlife Refuge System.

References: 1Defenders of Wildlife

Larry Jordan

Larry Jordan

Larry Jordan is an avid birder and amateur photographer living on the Pacific Flyway near the Central Valley of Northern California. He is a board member of his local Audubon Society and is a bird and wildlife conservationist. Larry contributes to several wildlife conservation organizations and is a BirdLife International "Species Champion." He is also Habitat Manager for the Burrowing Owl Conservation Network, an organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Western Burrowing Owl population in the United States. Larry has been blogging about birds since September of 2007 at TheBirdersReport.com

Larry Jordan

Larry Jordan

Larry Jordan is an avid birder and amateur photographer living on the Pacific Flyway near the Central Valley of Northern California. He is a board member of his local Audubon Society and is a bird and wildlife conservationist. Larry contributes to several wildlife conservation organizations and is a BirdLife International "Species Champion." He is also Habitat Manager for the Burrowing Owl Conservation Network, an organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Western Burrowing Owl population in the United States. Larry has been blogging about birds since September of 2007 at TheBirdersReport.com

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Sally wills
Sally wills

Where do we sign the petition?