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Refuge Centennial Coming March 14, 2003


January 17, 2003

Tom R. MacKenzie, Chief, Media Relations, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Southeast Region, 404-679-7291

Refuge Centennial Coming March 14, 2003

From one five-acre island grew the world’s greatest system of lands for wildlife......

Mark Your Calendar!
The Celebration of a
Century of Conservation
100 Years of the
National Wildlife Refuge System
March 13-16, 2003
Sebastian, Florida

President Theodore Roosevelt established the first national wildlife refuge on March 14, 1903 at Pelican Island, Florida. Today, the National Wildlife Refuge System protects nearly
95 million acres, with 540 national wildlife refuges and thousands of wetland production areas.

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Centennial Invitation (pdf) --

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