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Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge needs a recurring sum of $80,000 to enhance habitat for its endangered Red-cockaded woodpecker. Above, a FWS employee installs a nest-box. Bond Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia. National Wildlife Refuges in Georgia face a $44.4 million budget shortfall

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National wildlife refuges in georgia face a 44 4 million budget shortfall

OkefenokeeNational Wildlife Refuge needs a recurring sum of $80,000 to enhance habitat for its endangered Red-cockaded woodpecker. Above, a FWS employee installs a nest-box.

Bond Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia

  • National Wildlife Refuges in Georgia face a $44.4 million budget shortfall

  • Georgia is home to spectacular natural resources including nine national wildlife refuges including the famous Okefenokee Swamp, home to one of the highest densities of alligators in the world. These wildlife refuges are national treasures, providing habitat to birds as well as for other species. Millions of visitors enjoy hiking, bird watching, environmental education, hunting and fishing on Georgia’s refuges each year.

  • The Refuge System in Georgia has identified:

    • $44.4 million and

    • 35 staff positions

  • in unmet high priority needs. This shortfall prevents the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from adequately managing and restoring wildlife habitat, safely maintaining facilities and providing quality recreational programs.

  • Unfortunately, the Refuge System budget has remained relatively flat for the last two years. Due to rising costs, a flat budget erodes each refuge’s base funding, preventing vital positions from being filled and projects from being completed. The Refuge System in Georgia needs a $719,000 increase each year just to retain current services.

The state of Georgia has identified 619 species of conservation concern, 58 of which are federally threatened or endangered. Georgia’s National Wildlife Refuges need funding to adequately monitor and provide habitat for species like the loggerhead sea turtle.

National Wildlife Refuges: Georgia Funding Crisis


National wildlife refuges in georgia face a 44 4 million budget shortfall

National Wildlife Refuge Funding Crisis

About C.A.R.E

CARE is a unique coalition of 21 conservation, scientific, sporting, and recreation organizations with more than 5 million members across the United States. CARE has been working since 1995 to help the National Wildlife Refuge System fight a serious funding crisis.

American Birding Association

American Fisheries Society

American Sportfishing Association

Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation

Defenders of Wildlife

Ducks Unlimited

International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

Izaak Walton League of America

National Association of Service and Conservation Corps

National Audubon Society

National Rifle Association of America

National Wildlife Federation

National Wildlife Refuge Association

Safari Club International

The Wilderness Society

The Wildlife Society

Trout Unlimited

U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance

Assateague Coastal Trust

Wildlife Forever

Wildlife Management Institute

1010 Wisconsin Avenue, NW,

Suite 200

Washington, DC 20007

Phone: 202-333-9075

Fax: 202-333-9077

Web: www.FundRefuges.org/CARE/

CareHome.html

  • CARE recommends a $700 million annual operations and maintenance budget for the Refuge System

  • The National Wildlife Refuge System faces a crippling $3 billion operations and maintenance budget shortfall, which continues to grow. An annual increase of $300 million will prevent the Refuge System from spiraling into more debt and allow the Fish and Wildlife Service to begin restoring habitat, maintaining facilities and expanding public use opportunities that have languished due to lack of funds.

  • Faced with a flattened budget and increased costs, in just three years 74% of the refuges in the northeast will be bankrupt, according to a Fish and Wildlife Service analysis. Other regions are facing similar problems. Able to absorb some budget pressure over the years, refuges have reached a threshold forcing the Fish and Wildlife Service to de-staff entire refuges, and cut visitor services and habitat management at scores of refuges.

  • Investing in refuges is good for communities and for wildlife

  • National Wildlife Refuges are economic engines in many rural areas. According to a recently released economic analysis, Banking on Nature, by the Fish and Wildlife Service:

  • Recreational visits to national wildlife refuges generate substantial economic activity. In FY 2004, more than 36.7 million people visited refuges for recreation. Their spending generated $1.37 billion of sales in regional economies. As this spending flowed through the economy, nearly 24,000 people were employed and $453.9 million in employment income was generated.

  • At Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia, for every $1 spent on the refuge’s budget, almost $4.38 are generated in recreational expenditures to the local economy. $495,600 dollars of local tax revenues are generated through recreational expenditures.


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