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Alligator River and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuges Are Back in the Business of People


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 9, 2003

Contact:
Bonnie Strawser, 252-473-1131 ext. 230
Kathy Whaley,
252-473-1131 ext. 223




Today, Mike Bryant, Refuge Manager for both Pea Island and Alligator River National Wildlife Refuges, announced that the refuges are now fully open for all authorized public uses.

"There are still trees down on many parts of Alligator River, and there's certainly road and habitat work on-going at Pea Island," he added. "But, we're happy to be able to welcome the public and provide the opportunities for recreation that they seek."

Bryant cautions that areas on both refuges may continue to be closed off and on while work is done. Construction zones continue to be closed to the public. These areas will be clearly marked.

For information about recreational opportunities on national wildlife refuges in eastern North Carolina, visit http://northcarolina.fws.gov or contact any local national wildlife refuge.

In the past one hundred years, America’s National Wildlife Refuge System has protected hundreds of wild species, including our national symbol, the bald eagle. As the National Wildlife Refuge System enters its second century, it comprises nearly 100 million acres, protected within more than 535 refuges and thousands of small prairie wetlands.

Wildlife refuges provide unparalleled outdoor activities – including fishing, hunting, environmental education, wildlife observation, and photography–making them special places for all Americans to connect with nature. Many refuges also offer opportunities for nature hikes, bird tours, wildlife drives and other activities. There are wildlife refuges in every state, and at least one within an hour’s drive of most major cities.



For more information about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, visit our home page at http://southeast.fws.gov/ or http://www.fws.gov/.



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