10.12.17

Sens. Coons, Kennedy celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and John Kennedy (R-Louis.) recognized the National Wildlife Refuge System through a resolution that designates the week of October 8-15 as National Wildlife Refuge Week (S. Res. 289).  The resolution celebrates the diverse ecosystems, species, and recreational opportunities found in our National Wildlife Refuge System, including hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, and environmental education. This system is the nation’s largest network of public lands managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and plays an important role in wildlife conservation.

“I’m proud to support National Wildlife Refuge Week with my friend and colleague, Senator Kennedy,” said Senator Coons“Delaware’s Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge and Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge belong to a wonderful network of wildlife refuges found in all 50 states and 4 territories, part of our nation’s treasured natural heritage. I encourage Delawareans and all Americans to visit a National Wildlife Refuge near you.”

"National Wildlife Refuge Week recognizes the important role native species play across our country," said Senator Kennedy. "Louisiana is home to 24 beautiful and unique refuges where animals such as bald eagles, alligators, and pelicans thrive. I join my friend Sen. Coons in encouraging everyone to visit a refuge near you." 

The Refuge System includes 566 national wildlife refuges and 38 wetland management districts covering over 150 million acres of lands. More than 50 million Americans visit refuges every year and refuges support regional economies to the tune of $2.4 billion per year and more than 35,000 jobs.

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