20 October 2011 Defenders of Wildlife Welcomes Interior Department’s New Vision for National Wildlife Refuges Posted by: James Navarro | 2 comments | Share: BREAKING: Interior Secretary Ken Salazar sets a course for conservation in new vision for the National Wildlife Refuge System. Jamie Rappaport Clark, Defenders of Wildlife’s president and former director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, welcomed the Obama administration’s effort to frame a new conservation vision for the more than 150 million acres that make up America’s National Wildlife Refuge System. The new vision document released by the Interior Department today gives refuge officials a roadmap for managing these special conservation lands to address emerging threats and challenges such as climate change that weren’t considered in 1999 when the last refuge system vision statement was put in place. The following is a statement from Defenders’ President, Jamie Rappaport Clark: “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s updated vision for the National Wildlife Refuge System will help ensure that it continues to anchor the conservation of our nation’s wildlife heritage in the face of the rapid transformations in the environment and in our society. Climate change was not a central concern in wildlife management when the last refuge vision statement was developed in the late 1990’s, but it certainly is a major concern today. This new vision reflects that shift and charts a course for enhanced wildlife conservation in the 21st century. “While the vision lights a way forward, the success of the document will be measured each day in the field, wildlife refuge by wildlife refuge. It’s up to all of us — conservation groups, ranchers, farmers, hunters, anglers, communities, and federal and state land management agencies — to ensure that this vision becomes a reality. It’s up to all of us — conservation groups, ranchers, farmers, hunters, anglers, communities, and federal and state land management agencies — to ensure that this vision becomes a reality. “This means working together to add new lands to the refuge system that promote the conservation of a wide diversity of wildlife; to ensure that refuges have the financial resources needed to protect wildlife and provide a high-quality experience for all Americans; and to adapt and modify the way we manage refuges to protect wildlife and habitat from the impacts of climate change.” 2 Responses to “Defenders of Wildlife Welcomes Interior Department’s New Vision for National Wildlife Refuges” Edie Cleveland October 20th, 2011 Now we’ll get to see how much force the Feds are prepared to put behind this. Mr. Salazar has a long way to go in my book – when it comes to conservation policy & action, I’m from Missouri, even if I live in New Jersey. Reply richard downing October 20th, 2011 please look after your wolves, we in england have lost ours and in doing so have missed out, they are such an iconic animal you keep your wild wolves and in return the rest of the world will want to come and see how you have managed to keep yours, they will keep people in work and generate a lot of money in tourist dollars and you will still have this lovely animal running wild in your country please dont ever try to get rid of them they are to precious they mean so much to so many Reply Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Helping Yellowstone Communities Coexist with Wild Bison The Yellowstone Bison Coexistence Program promotes tolerance for bison on the landscape and helps individuals, landowners and communities coexist with bison. Wolf Weekly Wrap Up Our Very Own Suzanne Stone Awarded Grant for Coexistence Research; Isolated Wolf Comes Too Close For Comfort; Ongoing Investigation Into Wolf Shooting In Whitman County, WA; Are Oregon Wolves Going to Be Delisted? Not so fast…. The State of the Panther Despite threats like habitat loss and fragmentation, Florida panther populations are slowly showing signs of progress.