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Funding approved for multiple wildlife projects

More than 80 wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries across the US are to share US$50m of construction funding for the rehabilitiation of aging facilities.

The National Black-footed Ferret Center is among recipients of the funding Above: The National Black-footed Ferret Center is among recipients of the funding

Secretary of the interior Ryan Zinke announced the approval of the funding to rebuild US Fish & Wildlife Service infrastructure. The list includes projects such as the rehabilitation of the water treatment system at the Dwight D Eisenhower National Fish Hatchery in Vermont, replacing the Mary Lake fishing pier at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Colorado and repairing Sandy Point public access road at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in Texas.

Projects receiving the largest amounts of funding include  for Facility Improvements to Increase Access and Management Capabilities to Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge (US$5.4m), the first phase of Levee and Water Control Structure Rehabilitation at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge (US$6.4m) and work at the National Black-footed Ferret Center (US$3.59m).  

The US Fish & Wildlife Service manages 566 national wildlife refuges and 38 wetland management areas and operates national fish hatcheries, fish technology centers and fish health centers. The agency is responsible for over US$46 billion in constructed real property assets.

“​These approved projects are more than just line items on an Excel spreadsheet. For many sportsmen and women, National Wildlife Refuges are the only opportunities they have to hunt or fish,” said Zinke. “These projects have a tangible effect on a person’s experience when hunting, fishing or visiting a wildlife refuge. Today’s announcement is another step toward eliminating the $1.4 billion in maintenance facing our nation’s refuges and hatcheries. It’s another step toward prioritizing infrastructure because it is an investment that bolsters local economies. And it is another step in prioritizing access for all Americans to our public lands.”

 

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This article was published on 8 Jun 2018 (last updated on 8 Jun 2018).

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