Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Will Close
to All Activities When Evacuation Notice in Effect
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 20, 2005
Diane Borden-Billiot, Outreach Coordinator, (337) 762-3816
The Southwest Lousiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex, including Cameron Prairie, Lacassine and Sabine National Wildlife Refuges will be closed to ALL activities if and when an evacuation notice goes into effect for lower Cameron Parish.
Once this occurs all activities will remain closed until further notice.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System that encompasses more than 540 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands, and other special management areas. It also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. The agency also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.
For more information about
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, visit our home page at http://www.fws.gov/southeast