October 8, 2003
The announcement is timed to coincide with National Wildlife Refuge Week and the Centennial Anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge System in 2003. The National Wildlife Refuge System was established in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt. Today, the system conserves nearly 100 million acres of land on 542 National Wildlife Refuges.
Some of America’s oldest national wildlife refuges are located along the Georgia coast and include: Blackbeard Island NWR (1924), Savannah NWR (1927), Wolf Island NWR (1930), Okefenokee NWR (1936), Harris Neck NWR (1962), Wassaw NWR (1969).
The first annual Colonial Coast Birding and Nature Festival will be held October 10-12, and includes trips to many of Georgia’s national wildlife refuges and State wildlife management areas. Harris Neck NWR will be the sight of numerous field trips during the festival. More than 300 people are expected to attend the festival and benefit the coastal economy.
Deputy Secretary J. Steven Griles is the second highest ranking official at the Department of Interior, the nation’s primary conservation and land management agency. As Deputy Secretary, Griles works with Secretary of Interior Gale Norton to manage more than 507 million acres of land, or one-fifth of the lands in the United States. Griles oversees the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and numerous other land management agencies.
Go to http://harrisneck.fws.gov
for more information and a map of the Harris Neck National Wildlife
Refuge and http://www.shrike.net/ccbf/.
for additional information about the Georgia Colonial Coast Birding
and Nature Festival.
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