News Release

January 19, 2012

Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuges Closed Due to Flooding

Media Contacts:
Lisa Langelier, 509-675-0652
Jock Beall, 541-760-3720

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today the closure of all refuges in the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex due to flooding and high water. This closure includes Ankeny, Baskett Slough and William L. Finley national wildlife refuges. The closure will continue until water recedes and staff and visitors can safely return.

The National Wildlife Refuge System, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is the world's premiere system of public lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife and plants. Since President Theodore Roosevelt designated Florida's Pelican Island as the first wildlife refuge in 1903, the System has grown to more than 96 million acres, 548 refuges and 37 wetland management districts nationwide.