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Flying Over Irene's Aftermath

Tuesday was eventful.

This morning, in the office and meeting with Arizona Game and Fish Director Larry Voyles. Then on a late morning flight down to Norfolk, VA, where I made a connection with Region 4's helicopter and pilot Glenn Cullingsford. Glenn took me down to Manteo, NC, where we were joined by Refuge Manager Mike Bryant.

We overflew Pea Island NWR to see the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.

I hesitate to say, see the "damage" caused by the storm, because the refuge wasn't "damaged." The human infrastructure was damaged, but the refuge is a barrier island and the hurricane is part of the natural process of ecological change and renewal.

The storm created a new inlet through the middle of the refuge, which you can see in the photo below:

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Jackson Hole Wyoming: Dan Stops by National Elk and the Jackson National Fish Hatchery

This week Dan traveled to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to attend a meeting of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Board of Directors, of which he is a member. For those who have been to Jackson Hole, you know that the area is uniquely beautiful. Drinking in the magnificent tableau of the National Elk Refuge in the majestic shadow of the Grand Tetons is more than enough to remind conservationists of the value of our work. 

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Where we Stand: State of Wyoming and Wolf Management

During the last couple of weeks, we've received a number of comments on this blog and through other venues regarding our negotiations with the State of Wyoming on a plan for managing wolves in that state. I wanted to write you today to let you know that we are listening. I also wanted to let you know where the Service currently stands on this important and emotional issue.

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Last updated: August 31, 2011