Oil Spill Puts Dozens of National Wildlife Refuges At Risk

  Gulf wetlands

Managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the National Wildlife Refuge System is one of our greatest treasures for wildlife conservation. Now these refuges that protect public lands and waters, conserve America’s fish and wildlife, and offer countless outdoor recreation opportunities are facing severe damages from the BP Oil Spill.

The USFWS estimates that 36 national wildlife refuges are at risk from the BP Oil Spill – many of which serve as critical migratory stopovers, support rare or diminishing ecosystems, and are the last remaining havens for threatened and endangered species.

National Wildlife Federation’s list of refuges facing the greatest threats from the BP Oil Spill:

More Gulf Coast Areas In Danger

The gulf coast region is home to a number of protected natural areas including (both national and state) parks, forests, and wildlife refuges. These natural areas safeguard our shorelines and provide homes to many threatened and endangered species.

Other Gulf Coast areas threatened by the oil spill include:

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