Digest of Federal Resource Laws of Interest to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

National Wildlife Refuge System Centennial Act of 2000

National Wildlife Refuge System Centennial Act of 2000 (Title III of P.L. 106-408) - recognizes the vital importance of the Refuge System and the fact that the System will celebrate its centennial anniversary in the year 2003, 100 years after President Theodore Roosevelt created the first wildlife Refuge at Pelican Island, Florida, in 1903.

Under the terms of this bill, a Commission will be established to promote awareness of the System, develop a long-term plan to meet the priority operations, maintenance and construction needs of the System, and improve public use programs and facilities.

The National Wildlife Refuge System Centennial Commission would be composed of 11 voting members, including the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In addition, the chairman and ranking minority members of the House Resources and Senate Environment and Public Works Committees, plus the congressional members of the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, would serve as ex officio members. The Commission would be charged with the responsibility for preparing a plan to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the System, coordinating activities to celebrate that event, and hosting a conference on the National Wildlife Refuge System. The Commission would issue annual reports and would terminate no later than September 30, 2004.

Finally, this bill directs the Secretary of the Interior to prepare and submit to the Congress a long-term plan to address priority operations, maintenance, and construction needs of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

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