Fish and Wildlife Service, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Strengthen Collaboration to Improve the Lake’s Health & Boost Outdoor Recreation at Mattamuskeet NWR
February 11, 2016
From left to right, Cindy Dohner, the Service's Southeast Regional Director, David Viker (standing), Regional Chief of the Service's National Wildlife Refuge System, John Litton Clark, Wildlife Commission Chairman, Kyle Briggs (standing), Chief Deputy Director, and Gordon Myers, the Wildlife Resources Commission's Executive Director.
RALEIGH, N.C. &emdash; The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission today announced additional steps to strengthen their long-standing conservation partnership and said the lake at Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge in Swan Quarter, North Carolina, will be the big winner.
Today’s announcement builds on a commitment put in place in December 2014 to collaborate more closely on efforts to improve Lake Mattamuskeet’s ecosystem and enhance public access.
At the same time, this new Memorandum of Understanding signed on Thursday clearly outlines the distinct roles of the two agencies and the lands they manage, and it identifies specific programs they will work closely together to fulfill the purpose of the Refuge and objectives of its Comprehensive Conservation Plan.
Go Wild in the Florida Keys: Outdoor Fest Offers Four Days of Fun in Four Wildlife Refuges
February 9, 2016
A great white heron rests on a piling at sunset in the Great White Heron NWR. Credit: Photo by Mickey Foster
For anyone wanting an up-close take on the great outdoors, a celebration of the National Wildlife Refuge system in the Florida Keys is just around the subtropical bend. US Fish and Wildlife Service's Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex and their Friends group FAVOR (Friends And Volunteers Of Refuges) announce their first annual Outdoor Fest—four action-packed days filled with family-friendly, mostly free outdoor adventures and hands-on activities—set for Thursday, March 17th through Sunday, March 20th.
The event location spans Key West to Key Largo in the four national wildlife refuges established in the Florida Keys – National Key Deer, Crocodile Lake, Great White Heron, and Key West National Wildlife Refuges—and features expert guided birding and nature walks, art and photography workshops, kids programs, kayak excursions, a natural history bike ride, and the 2nd Annual Run With Deer 5K on Big Pine Key.
The Outdoor Fest was created to encourage people to get outside in a wildlife-friendly manner while promoting an understanding and appreciation of the refuges—home to some of the world’s most endangered habitats, plants, and wildlife species. Eco-tourists, nature-lovers, birding enthusiasts, nature photographers, artists, runners, and outdoor adventure-inclined families will find much to explore in the four day outdoor extravaganza.
Dam Removed on the lower San Marcos River
January 25, 2016
This week crews are removing an old dam on the lower San Marcos River, just upstream of Palmetto State Park.
Built in 1911, the collapsed dam has posed a safety hazard and acted as a barrier to fish and other aquatic life. Removing the dam will help the ecosystem while also providing a safer environment for paddlers and other river users.
For more information on the project visit the National Fish Passage Program website.
It's a partnership with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Southwest Region, Texas Rivers & Streams - Texas Parks and Wildlife, the Texas Rivers Protection Association, the San Marcos River Foundation, and the Texas Water Safari.
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Last updated: February 11, 2016