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ISC-Audubon Supports H.R. 1300

PALM HARBOR, FLORIDA – ISC-Audubon announced today, support for the recently introduced H.R. 1300 which was a focus of a hearing in The House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs.  H.R. 1300 is 51OuMDSX6xL. SY300 Representative Jon Runyan’s (NJ) legislation to reauthorize the volunteer programs and community partnerships at National Wildlife Refuges.  The current legislation authorizing the programs expires at the end of the year.  This bill will extend the authorization for these programs until 2018. 

Runyan made the following statement in support of his legislation, “Volunteers are the lifeblood of our National Wildlife Refuge system.  During a time of fiscal constraints volunteer contributions allow our Refuges to continue to function,” stated Runyan.  “I am particularly proud of the contributions that volunteers, led by the group “Friends of Forsythe” have made to the Forsythe Wildlife Refuge in my district.”

During his testimony, Jim Kurth, Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System, announced the Administration’s support for H.R. 1300 and thanked Rep. Runyan for introducing the legislation.  Ms. Mary Harper, of “Friends of Forsythe” testified in support of the legislation as well.

The National Wildlife Refuge System contains 148 million acres of federal lands dedicated to the conservation of fish and wildlife.  There are 562 Refuges located throughout the United States.  National wildlife refuges are far more than havens for wild plants and animals. In fact, visitors—nearly 40 million each year—are welcome on 98 percent of wildlife refuge land. Visitors join in a variety of outdoor activities, especially hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, photography, interpretation, and environmental education.

Wildlife refuges host recreational hunters at more than 300 locations and welcome anglers at more than 260—a testament to the abundant wildlife resulting from successful conservation and management programs. Birdwatchers from around the globe visit wildlife refuges to be awed by amazing congregations of our feathered friends, numbering in the tens of thousands at peak migration in many locations. And there's no better place than wildlife refuges for children and adults alike to learn about the natural world. More than 230 wildlife refuges attract visitors with innovative educational programs showing how we manage refuges to ensure that future generations can experience America's wildness. Still, the discovery opportunities don't end with wildlife. Wildlife refuges also protect important historic sites, from Native American campsites to World War II artifacts, preserving interesting facets of the American culture.

ISC-Audubon Chairman, Ron Dodson said, “Each year approximately 36,000 citizens across the country regularly volunteer at their local refuges which is invaluable, because of the System's massive funding crisis. In 2000, volunteers donated a staggering 1.5 million hours of their time, which amounts to 20 percent of the staff work completed in the System. Their contributions equate to 639 full-time employees and $14 million in services. Those who volunteer their time at refuges, those who visit for a special purpose or simply to experience the place, children who are developing their attitudes toward conservation - these are all critically important constituencies for the refuges. H.R. 1300 continues the ability for these volunteers to continue offering this invaluable assistance to our National Wildlife Refuge System,” and for this reason ISC-Audubon strongly supports this legislation.

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