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The Bulletin is issued by the Blue Goose Alliance (BGA) on an "as needed" basis to inform interested persons about National Wildlife Refuge System and the Alliance's campaign to promote the establishment of the National Wildlife Refuge System as a separate agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Title Description Effective Date
Bulletin 75 Blue Goose Alliance Comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the land exchange and road corridor at the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. May 08, 2012 12:00 AM
Bulletin 74 Update on the National Bison Range Jul 31, 2011 12:00 AM
Bulletin 73 On April 19, 2011 Blue Goose Alliance President, Ronald Fowler submitted comments on the Draft Vision Document for the National Wildlife Refuge System. Apr 19, 2011 12:00 AM
Bulletin 72 On September 28, 2010, in response to the court filings by the Blue Goose Alliance and the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), the U.S. District Court rescinded the Annual Funding Agreement with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) at the National Bison Range in Montana. The District Court Order stated that Fish and Wildlife Service relied upon a Categorical Exclusion which was not sufficient to meet the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act. Initially, the Department of Justice filed an appeal. We have now learned that the appeal has been withdrawn. On January 19th attorneys for CSKT also filed an appeal with the DC Court of Appeals. It is our understanding that they, too, have now withdrawn that appeal. This means that the Annual Funding Agreement with the CSKT has been cancelled. Jan 27, 2011 12:00 AM
Bulletin 71 On December 10, 2010 Blue Goose Alliance Vice-President, Bill Reffalt sent a letter to Laurie Shannon, Plannning Team Leader, Charles M. Russell NWR, commentng on on the Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan for the Charles M. Russell NWR, Montana. Dec 14, 2010 12:00 AM
Bulletin 70 National Wildlife Refuge System threatened. Urgent action needed now! H. R. 4347 an Act to amend the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act to provide further self-governance by Indian tribes, and for other purposes may be considered by the Senate as early as November 18, 2010 . Several provisions would adversely affect the National Wildlife Refuge System. You are urged to contact your Senator by telephone, fax or email to express your concerns about this legislation. Blue Goose Alliance Vice-President, Bill Reffalt has developed a briefing paper, which can be accessed by clicking on the link, above. Your action is needed now! Nov 15, 2010 12:00 AM
Bulletin 69 On October 20, 2010 Blue Goose Alliance President, Don Redfearn sent a letter to the Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service requesting that management deficiencies at the National Bison Range, Montana be addressed. As a result of litigation initiated by the Blue Goose Alliance, the Annual Funding Agreement with the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribe was rescinded by the U.S. District Court. Oct 29, 2010 12:00 AM
Bulletin 68 - AFA Rescinded On September 28, 2010 the U.S. District Court rescinded the 2008 Annual Funding Agreement with the Confederated Salish Kootenai (CSKT) Tribe and returned the management of the National Bison Range to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The BGA had filed a suit challenging the management of the National Bison Range by the tribe. Sep 29, 2010 12:00 AM
Bulletin 67 President Don Redfearn has responded to President Barack Obama's "America's Great Outdoors" initiative, by suggesting that the Nation's natural resource lands are in dire need of a higher profile. These lands have to be considered the core of any initiative that profiles our outdoor heritage. The four land managing agencies - U. S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and National Wildlife Refuge system comprise nearly 1/3 of our Nation's area. You are encouraged to show your support for President Redfearn's proposal on the America's Great Outdoors website. Sep 13, 2010 12:00 AM
Bulletin 66 Don Redfearn is pleased to announce the appointment of Marie Springer, Sussex, Massachusetts as Secretary, Blue Goose Alliance. Jun 10, 2010 12:00 AM
Bulletin 65 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner carried an article written by a Gwich'in chief about the decision in the FWS final EIS regarding the Doyon Land Exchange at Yukon Flats NWR. It means that the Regional Director made the correct decision, and the Natives in all the villages within the refuge know that it will be better for their lives and what is important to them in the long run. Apr 11, 2010 12:00 AM
Bulletin 64 Mother Earth Network inteviews two Affiliate members of the Blue Goose Alliance and a former President of the Blue Goose Alliance at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Jan 20, 2010 12:00 AM
Bulletin 63 Alliance President Don Redfearn, today, praised the coalition of local community organizations, individuals, conservation groups, and the Energy Minerals Law Center, for their efforts in blocking oil and gas drilling on the BACA NWR. Sep 09, 2009 12:00 AM
Bulletin 62 The Blue Goose Alliance announces that it is suing the Department of the Interior and the Fish and Wildlife Service in an attempt to terminate the Funding Agreement between the Department and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana. Apr 11, 2009 12:00 AM
Bulletin 61 The Blue Goose Alliance issues a news release on it's suing the Department of the Interior and the Fish and Wildlife Service over the National Bison Range. Apr 11, 2009 12:00 AM
Bulletin 60 Congress has passed a huge public lands bill that, unfortunately, includes a proposal for a land swap and construction of a road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. The proposal represents a deeply flawed perception of need. If allowed, it would set a precedent threatening Wilderness and specially recognized wetlands throughout America. Mar 28, 2009 12:00 AM
Bulletin 59 Holland and Hart, attorneys for the Blue Goose Alliance, served notice on January 5, 2009 to Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service H. Dale Hall, and Regional Director of Region 6 of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Steve Guertin, of Violation of Section 7(a)(2) of the Endangered Species Act, relating to the June 19, 2009 Execution of the Annual Funding Agreement with the Consolidated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation, 73 Fed. Reg. 39713 (July 10, 2008). Jan 13, 2009 12:00 AM
Bulletin 58 Recentlly appointed Interior Assistant Secretary Lyle Laverty directed reinitiating deliberations on an Annual Funding Agreement Between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes at the National Bison Range. His directive included an action plan and called for completion of a new AFA no later than March 28, 2008. Jan 21, 2008 12:00 AM
Bulletin 57 Long-time Alliance board member Florence LaRiviere and her husband Phil were honored on September 19, 2007 with a Lifetime Achievement Award, presented at a heavily attended function by the Santa Clara County League of Conservation Voters. Oct 01, 2007 12:00 AM
Bulletin 56 The Blue Goose Alliance (BGA) continues to challenge the Department of the Interior (DOI) use of Annual Funding Agreements (AFA) as justification to convey management authority of National Wildlife Refuges to Native American Indian Tribes. Aug 15, 2007 12:00 AM
Bulletin 55 The Blue Goose Alliance, along with other conservation organizations, have joined together in objecting to H.R. 2801, legislation sponsored by Representative Don Young, that would authorize a land exchange and road corridor through the very heart of the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge and its Congressionally-designated Wildderness. Jul 18, 2007 12:00 AM
Bulletin 54 New Chronological Summary available for the National Bison Range Complex (NBRC) Annual Funding Agreement (AFA) Issue. Now at four years and running, it has become increasingly difficult for a concerned individual to keep track of events, details and documents related to the NBRC AFA. That problem complicates communication with elected officials, NGOs and individuals. Key points need documentation, and details such as dates can be very important. Mar 06, 2007 12:00 AM
Bulletin 53 There is a new voice of advocacy for the National Wildlife Refuge System and you can contribute your thoughts and comments. It is a new BLOG called "The National Wildlife Refuges Advocacy Blog" and well worth a visit to keep up with what is going on. [The blog site has moved (from http://www.nationalwildliferefugejournal.com to http://nationalwildliferefugeadvocacy.blogspot.com) effective 3-15-2007, and the copy of Bulletin 53 on this website updated to reflect the new location. Copies of the Bulletin previously mailed out still contain the old url.] Feb 26, 2007 12:00 AM
Bulletin 53 There is a new voice of advocacy for the National Wildlife Refuge System and you can contribute your thoughts and comments. It is a new BLOG called "The National Wildlife Refuges Advocacy Blog" and well worth a visit to keep up with what is going on. [The blog site has moved (from http://www.nationalwildliferefugejournal.com to http://nationalwildliferefugeadvocacy.blogspot.com) effective 3-15-2007, and the copy of Bulletin 53 on this website updated to reflect the new location. Copies of the Bulletin previously mailed out still contain the old url.] Feb 06, 2007 12:00 AM
Bulletin 52 A new book by Ed Crozier, currently on the Board of Directors of the Blue Goose Alliance, has just been released. It covers his nearly 50 years of involvement with the wildlife resource and longtime association with the National Wildlife Refuge System and describes, along with many other things, the formation of the Blue Goose Alliance. Feb 06, 2007 12:00 AM
Bulletin 51 An Annual Funding Agreement (AFA) at the National Bison Range, between the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) expired on September 30, 2006. The CSKT has refused to sign an extension until they receive additional personnel positions and additional funds. Oct 24, 2007 12:00 AM
Bulletin 50 The Blue Goose Alliance is pleased to announce the appointment of Don Redfearn as president. He was a founding member of the Alliance and has served on the Board since its inception. Sep 07, 2006 12:00 AM
Bulletin 49 Requests by Montana Indian Tribes to have Secretary Kempthorne renew an agreement enabling them to perform numerous tasks on the National Bison Range Complex near Moiese, Montana should be denied according to the Blue Goose Alliance. Aug 30, 2006 12:00 AM
Bulletin 48 The Blue Goose Alliance announces the opening of its newly redesigned and updated website. The website has been dedicated to the memory of Danny Redfearn, one of the Alliance's founding members. Aug 16, 2006 12:00 AM
Bulletin 47 The Blue Goose Alliance, along with the National Wildlife Refuge Association and other conservation organizations, is asking everyone who has an interest in national wildlife refuges to urge their congressional representatives to join the newly formed Congressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus. Jul 27, 2006 12:00 AM
Bulletin 46 Establishment of Regional Representatives. At the annual meeting, the Board of Directors of the Blue Goose Allliance decided to establish regional representative positions to be a first line of contact for bringing issues to the attention of the Alliance for possible action. Jul 10, 2006 12:00 AM
Bulletin 45 Vision Statement. Recently, the Blue Goose Alliance issued a Vision Statement which describes its view of the National Wildlife System as a separate agency with the Department of Interior. That statement is contained in this Bulletin. Jul 25, 2005 12:00 AM
Bulletin 44 Fulfilling the Promise Report Card. In October 2004, the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) published a progress report on implementation of the goals set in the 1999 vision publication “Fulfilling the Promise.” The FWS addressed 42 individual goals in that report. The Chief of the Refuge System in the forward stated, “We've made incredible progress.” The Blue Goose Alliance Board of Directors commends the Service and Refuge Managers for the progress made to date. However, the BGA believes the Service's performance is somewhat less than "incredible." The experience of former refuge managers does not appear to warrant the upbeat assessment of the progress report. The BGA asked several recently retired senior refuge managers to complete a “report card” rating the progress made on achieving the identified goals. This Bulletin presents the results of this analysis. Jul 08, 2005 12:00 AM
Bulletin 43 Report of 2005 Annual Meeting. The Blue Goose Alliance held its annual meeting at the Hampton Inn, Covington, Louisiana, on March 10 - 12, 2005. This Bulletin summarizes the meeting. Apr 15, 2005 12:00 AM
Bulletin 42 National Wildlife Refuges Face Emerging Threat of Co-Management. Despite strong opposition, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has signed an agreement that requires transferring supervision of approximately half of the staff positions and budget for the National Bison Range Complex in Montana from the Refuge Manager to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT). The Alliance strongly urges all people interested in the welfare of the National Wildlife Refuge System to write specific congressional representatives and ask them to hold hearings and make needed modifications to the Bison Range AFA. This Bulletin summarizes the need for such action. Dec 01, 2004 12:00 AM
Bulletin 41 Heroic FWS Managers Join Opposition to Unworkable Bison Range Agreement. In a nearly unprecedented move, 23 Refuge and Hatchery Managers have written to the Bison Range Complex Manager raising serious concerns about the proposal to allow turnover of important refuge activities to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT). This Bulletin presents a summary of their objections. Oct 31, 2004 12:00 AM
Bulletin 40 Alliance and Friends of Refuges Win One. In Bulletin #38, issued on May 21, 2004, the Blue Goose Alliance announced its opposition to the construction and operation of a large scale amphitheater adjacent to the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge near Minneapolis. Recently, the Blue Goose Alliance was pleased to learn that the Scott County Board had decided to deny Q-Prime's application. This Bulletin details the circumstances of that denial. Oct 22, 2004 12:00 AM
Bulletin 39 Alliance Comments on National Bison Range Management. Recently, Bill Reffalt, President of the Blue Goose Alliance, submitted comments to the Fish and Wildlife Service regarding the Service's proposal to enter into an annual funding agreement with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes for management of major functions of the National Bison Range and other refuges. Because of the complicated nature of this proposal, Mr. Reffalt's comments are included in this Bulletin in their entirety. Oct 11, 2004 12:00 AM
Bulletin 38 REP America Advocates Separate Refuge System. REP America (Republicans for Environmental Protection) adopted a policy which advocates the separation of the National Wildlife Refuge System from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and creation of a separate U.S. National Wildlife Refuge Service within the Department of Interior. Alliance Joins Fight Against Development Affecting Minnesota Valley NWR. The Blue Goose Alliance has announced its opposition to construction and operation of a large scale amphitheater adjacent to the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge near Minneapolis. May 31, 2004 12:00 AM
Bulletin 37 Alliance Comments on Yukon Flats Annual Funding Agreement. Recently, Alliance President Bill Reffalt submitted comments to the refuge manager of Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge regarding a proposed annual funding agreement between the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments (CATG) for work projects on the Yukon Flats NWR. This Bulletin contains the text of those comment. Mar 27, 2004 12:00 AM
Bulletin 36 Report of 2004 Annual Meeting - BGA Moving Forward. The Blue Goose Alliance held its annual meeting at South Padre Island, Texas on January 24th. This Bulletin summarizes that meeting. Feb 07, 2004 12:00 AM
Bulletin 35 Annual Report of Activities. With the next annual meeting of the Blue Goose Alliance (BGA) approaching, President Noreen Clough released the Alliance's Annual Report of Activities. This Bulletin contains the text of that report. (The annual meeting will be held January 24, 2004, at the Howard Johnson Express Inn-South Padre Island Resort, South Padre Island Texas.) Dec 21, 2003 12:00 AM
Bulletin 34 Alliance Speaks Out on Refuge Law Enforcement Issue. Recently, Alliance President Noreen Clough sent a letter to Interior Secretary Gail Norton expressing the opinion of the Alliance regarding the law enforcement program within the National Wildlife Refuge System. Oct 03, 2004 12:00 AM
Bulletin 33 Alliance Board Member Responds to Audubon Magazine's June, 2003 issue titled "SAFE HAVENS--The National Wildlife Refuge System Turns 100." BGA board member Phil Morgan wrote to the editors of Audubon magazine. This Bulletin contains the text of his letter. A much condensed version was published in the September issue of the magazine. Sep 21, 2003 12:00 AM
Bulletin 32 Separate Agency Status Not Entirely New Idea. They say that history repeats itself. One might conclude that the recent interest in the establishment of the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) as a separate agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior is a new idea. However, a review of the historical record of the National Wildlife Refuge System reveals that separate agency status was proposed over a quarter century ago, by, among others, the National Wildlife Refuge Association (NWRA). As part of the proposal, the then-fledgling NWRA identified intense problems facing the National Wildlife Refuge System and developed colorful posters to publicize this issue. Jul 23, 2003 12:00 AM
Bulletin 31 Refuge System Funding Analysis. The National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) is woefully under funded. The condition is dramtically illustrated by an analysis of the funding history of the Refuge System and comparable conservation systems, i.e.., the National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS). The results of this analysis leads the Alliance to conclude that the NWRS is burdened by handicaps not hampering the NPS and USFS, such as lower annual budget-ceilings and frequent, stifling internal agency reductions. This Bulletin presents a summary of this funding history analysis. Jul 08, 2003 12:00 AM
Bulletin 30 Alliance Approves Resolution Regarding Management of Refuges. This Bulletin contains a resolution of the Blue Goose Alliance regarding the proposed delegation by the Department of the Interior of management authority over National Wildlife Refuges to Indian Tribes under authority of the "Self-Governance Act," P. L. 103-413 of 1994. Jun 20, 2003 12:00 AM
Bulletin 29 Management of National Wildlife Refuges - An Inherent Federal Responsibility. There are current efforts in the Interior Department, in Washington, DC, to negotiate a contract with the Confederated Tribes of western Montana regarding the National Bison Range, Pablo and Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuges, and the NW Montana Wetlands District that raise many disturbing issues concerning the legal authority to allow such action. Section 403(k) of the 1994 "Self-Governance Act," the authority Interior cites for proposing to sign over management of at least 40 National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) and 30 National Parks to various tribal organizations, explicitly excludes "functions or activities that are inherently federal" from the agreements. This Bulletin describes why the management of national wildlife refuges is an inherent Federal responsibility. Jun 20, 2003 12:00 AM
Bulletin 28 The National Bison Range Issue - A Briefing Statement. In May of this year it was disclosed that Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Paul Hoffman was negotiating under the Indian Self-Governance Act, with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) in Montana, for CSKT to assume management responsibility for the National Bison Range, Pablo and Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuges, and the NW Montana Wetland District, collectively called the National Bison Range complex (NBR Complex). This Bulletin contains the details of this issue. Jun 20, 2003 12:00 AM
Bulletin 27 Alliance Holds Special "Centennial" Meeting. Members and Officers of the Blue Goose Alliance held a special meeting on March 16, 2003, in Sebastian, Florida. The meeting date and location were scheduled to coincide with the celebration of the Centennial of the National Wildlife Refuge System in and around Sebastian. This Bulletin summarizes the results of that meeting. Apr 08, 2003 12:00 AM
Bulletin 26 Alliance Plans March Meeting in Florida. In conjunction with the upcoming Refuge System Centennial celebration in Florida, the Blue Goose Alliance plans a special meeting and other events. This Bulletin describes the plans. Feb 09, 2003 12:00 AM
Bulletin 25 A Gentle Reminder About Year-End Gifting. Recently, Noreen Clough, Alliance President, issued a letter regarding year-end contributions. This Bulletin contains the text of that letter. Dec 01, 2002 12:00 AM
Bulletin 24 Blue Goose Alliance Holds Third Annual Meeting. Members and Officers of the Blue Goose Alliance gathered October 19-20, 2002, for their 3rd Annual Meeting. Nov 03, 2002 12:00 AM
Bulletin 23 -FWS Director's Office Functions Affirm Alliance's Contention. In Bulletin #16, issued on January 26, 2002, the Alliance pointed to Congressional questioning of Steve Williams at his Senate confirmation hearings as further evidence that the FWS Director cannot devote adequate attention to National Wildlife Refuge System matters. In a recent memorandum to the Service Directorate, Director Williams detailed the "roles and responsibilities in the immediate office of the Director in Washington, D.C.." This Bulletin summarizes those roles and responsibilities which affirm the Alliance's contention. Oct 08, 2002 12:00 AM
Bulletin 22 Alliance Writes to Refuge Centennial Commission Members. Recently, Noreen Clough, President of the Blue Goose Alliance, wrote to each member of the Refuge Centennial Commission calling their attention to the need to elevate the Refuge System to agency status within the Department of Interior. Oct 04, 2002 12:00 AM
Bulletin 21 Position Paper Prepared by Alliance. In response to a need to summarize the Alliance's position in a single document, a new paper has been produced. This document is titled "The Case for a National Wildlife Refuge Service, The Alliance Perspective" and is available on the Alliance's website. Sep 10, 2002 12:00 AM
Bulletin 20 Alliance Announces New Website. In this Bulletin, the Alliance announces its new website. Jun 22, 2002 12:00 AM
Bulletin 19 National Wildlife Federation Affiliates Endorse Alliance Mission. Two prominent affiliates of the National Wildlife Federation have resolved their full support for the establishment of the National Wildlife Refuge System as a separate agency within the U. S. Department of the Interior. Jan 26, 2002 12:00 AM
Bulletin 18 Alliance Develops Working Group. Alliance members have decided to develop a "Working Group" and to describe that group as a way of introducing who in the Blue Goose Alliance is developing and implementing the day to day strategy of the Alliance. Jan 26, 2003 12:00 AM
Bulletin 17 Alliance Announces New Membership Category. The Alliance has decided to create a new general membership category which will be open to everyone. To avoid the cost of maintaining a paper-based membership system, this new membership group will be electronic and Internet based. It will use the same Yahoo! Groups facility used to distribute the BGA Bulletins. This Bulletin describes the new membership category. Jan 25, 2002 12:00 AM
Bulletin 16 Second Major Environmental Organization Endorses Blue Goose Alliance Mission! In recent correspondence, Frances Beinecke, Executive Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council endorsed the mission of the Blue Goose Alliance. "Part-Time" Director Revealed by Congressional Questions. Recently the Senate conducted confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill for Steve Williams, nominated as Fish and Wildlife Service Director. These hearings have only reaffirmed the underlying reasons why Blue Goose Alliance members believe agency status is essential to the future well being of the Refuge System. This Bulletin explains why. Jan 26, 2002 12:00 AM
Bulletin 15 Alliance Meets in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. The Blue Goose Alliance held its second annual meeting at the Days Inn Beach Hotel in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, on November 18 and 19, 2001. Jan 26, 2002 12:00 AM
Bulletin 14 Terrorist Attacks Affected Us All. Like everyone else, we were shocked, saddened, and angered by the acts of terror on September 11, 2001. Each of us shares, in one way or another, the loss of those who perished. We are keenly aware that Rich Guadagno, Refuge Manager, Humboldt Bay NWR, was a passenger aboard United Flight 93 which was hijacked and crashed in Pennsylvania. Those who knew Rich personally are convinced that he played a major role in preventing the airplane from reaching the terrorists' intended target. Oct 23, 2001 12:00 AM
Bulletin 13 Alliance Granted Tax Exempt Status by IRS. On July 12, 2001, the Internal Revenue Service notified the Blue Goose Alliance that it had determined the Alliance to be exempt from federal income tax under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code as an organization described in section 501(c)(3). Jul 28, 2001 12:00 AM
Bulletin 12 Alliance Files for 501(c)(3) Status and Seeks Donations. On April 18, 2001, a formal application was submitted to the Internal Revenue Service for recognition of exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Apr 23, 2001 12:00 AM
Bulletin 11 Alliance Mission Featured on High Country News Radio. Recently, High Country News devoted its weekly radio program to the Blue Goose Alliance and our campaign to promote the establishment of a National Wildlife Refuge Service. Apr 18, 2001 12:00 AM
Bulletin 10 High Country News Features Refuge Service Proposal. On February 26, 2001, the High Country News, in its Western Roundup Section, printed an article describing the troubles facing the National Wildlife Refuge System and efforts to create a separate agency for Refuges within the Department of the Interior. Apr 03, 2001 12:00 AM
Bulletin 09 Alliance Member Speaks at Regional Refuge Conference. Recently, Phil Morgan, Blue Goose Alliance member and Georgia resident, was invited by the Fish and Wildlife Service to join a leadership panel at a regional refuge manager's conference in Florida. Feb 11, 2001 12:00 AM
Bulletin 08 Alliance Formally Organizing as a Non-Profit. A majority of the informal group known as the Blue Goose Alliance met in Tijeras, New Mexico, on December 8 and 9, 2000, and voted unanimously to formally incorporate in New Mexico and apply for Federal 501(c)(3) non-profit status.
Bulletin 07 Open Letter to Friends of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Earlier this year, a number of former refuge employees recognized the importance of the National Audubon Society's proposal to create a separate agency for the National Wildlife Refuge System.
Bulletin 06 Important Questions Regarding The National Wildlife Refuge Service. The questions and answers in this Bulletin were prepared in anticipation of questions arising from a proposal to create a new National Wildlife Refuge Service within the Department of the Interior.
Bulletin 05 Refuge Association Joins Audubon Society in Requesting Further Reforms in Administration of Refuge System. In June 2000, the Board of Directors of the National Wildlife Refuge Association (NWRA) unanimously passed a resolution stating that the NWRA believes further administrative improvements are needed.
Bulletin 04 Getting the Message to Friends Group Members. Recently, Don Redfearn met with the Board of Directors of the Friends of Bosque del Apache NWR to discuss the Refuge System and the proposal to create a new National Wildlife Refuge Service.
Bulletin 03 Testimony on Refuge Needs. Testimony Submitted to the Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans of the House Committee on Resources regarding the current status and future needs of America's National Wildlife Refuge System.
Bulletin 02 Testimony supporting Centennial Legislation. On Thursday, June 15, 2000, the Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife & Oceans of the House Resources Committee held a hearing on H.R.4442, To establish a commission to promote awareness of the National Wildlife Refuge System among the American public as the System celebrates its centennial anniversary in 2003, and for other purposes.
Bulletin 01 This inaugural issue of the Blue Goose Alliance Bulletin describes the Alliance, why it was formed, and how it plans to achieve its objective. The background and nature of the Bulletins are also discussed.