Interior Permits 1.3 Million Acre Expansion of Four Wildlife Refuges

Secretary Haaland says undisturbed floodplains, marshes, and grasslands protect native wildlife.

The Department of the Interior (DOI) approved the expansion of four existing wildlife refuges, permitting the voluntary conservation of up to 1.13 million total acres of land. These four national refuges, located in North Carolina, New Mexico, and Texas, collectively protect the habitats of hundreds of species native to the United States, including the Atlantic sturgeon, bald eagles, and lesser prairie chickens.

“The National Wildlife Refuge System and the tremendous work of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service play an invaluable role in providing vital habitat for wildlife species, offering outdoor recreation access to the public, and bolstering climate resilience across the country,” said Secretary Deb Haaland. “By recognizing that nature is one of our best allies in addressing the climate crisis, today’s expansion of our Refuge System helps advance our locally led vision to conserve and protect our treasured outdoor spaces for current and future generations.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Interior officials as they approve wildlife refuge expansion and land conservation.
  • For Secretary Haaland to be led by the Lord as she heads the Interior Department.

Sources: Department of the Interior


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