By Russell D. Butcher
An all-in-one consultant to the greater than 500 websites within the nationwide natural world shelter procedure, this publication lists every one safe haven alphabetically by way of kingdom, delivering uncomplicated information regarding accessibility, amenities, and sort of habitat. extra in-depth descriptions are supplied for major or well known refuges, detailing wildlife to be came upon there in addition to details at the top time of yr to 12 months to view migrating species. excellent for the informal flora and fauna watcher or looking fanatic, this advisor may also be a welcome spouse for an individual wishing to create his or her personal "eco-tour."
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Wheeler’s ecological diversity includes upland pine plantations, southern bottomland hardwood and riparian woodlands, backwater embayments, expanses of open water, and cropland. In addition to tens of thousands of ducks, the refuge supports the southernmost significant concentration of wintering Canada geese. Water-control structures regulate the level of moistsoil impoundments, thereby promoting the growth of native plants that provide food for waterfowl. To benefit waterfowl and other wildlife, approximately 10 percent of the refuge is managed under cooperative agricultural crop production agreements, whereby local farmers leave unharvested a portion of crops of millet, corn, grain sorghum, and soybeans.
You can only imagine how I feel about seeing a communications network that really works in every corner of a 200-thousandacre refuge, or the highly trained and well-equipped firefighting teams developed through cooperative ventures with neighboring landowners and other state and federal agencies. I am pleased and proud that visitors to larger refuges today will find a visitor center, containing always-changing and improving information about the refuge, presided over by trained information and public-use specialists, themselves often assisted by a group of volunteers, prepared to make a visitor’s stay a pleasant and rewarding one.
There is another characteristic of the National Wildlife Refuge System that has emerged in recent times and that I find as encouraging as anything I have watched unfold. That is the powerful effort made by the Fish and Wildlife Service to engage private landowners in a variety of cooperative efforts that multiply and expand the effectiveness of the system of National Wildlife Refuges and other natural areas, upon which the perpetuation of the nation’s wildlife resources will depend. A Brief History of the National Wildlife Refuge System 21 Wildlife refuges alone cannot guarantee that there will be fish and wildlife resources available for the enjoyment of future generations, even if one includes all similar public landholdings, such as forests, parks, and state areas, in the calculation.