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YUKON DELTA: Congressional Staff Pay Surprise Visit
Alaska Region, August 18, 2005
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A dozen congressional staff, representing four U.S. Senators and eight Representatives, paid an unannounced visit to the Yukon Delta Refuge headquarters and visitor center in Bethel, Alaska on August 18. The quick stop was related to a whirlwind-day long tour the staffers were making at the request of the National American Indian Housing Council to assess housing conditions in bush (rural) Alaska. An interpretive tour through the Refuge's visitor center prepared the congressional staffers for the vastness of America's largest unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System which they subsequently experienced first hand in visits to some of the 30 Native villages within the 20-million acre Refuge. Their tour also gave them an awareness of the challenges the Service faces managing large conservation units throughout Alaska.

Contact Info: Kristen Gilbert, 907-786-3391, Kristen_Gilbert@fws.gov



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