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14 National Wildlife Refuges affected by Harvey

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Fourteen National Wildlife Refuges in Texas and Louisiana were affected by Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall in late August 2017. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service is still conducting assessments as to the extent of damage that the hurricane caused. Initial estimates suggest more than $336 million in damages to the real property assets in the refuges is likely — including damages to buildings, visitor centers, boat launches and piers, levees, trails, roads, and bridges. No estimates have yet been made regarding costs associated with recovering fish and wildlife habitats on the refuges, The entire National Refuge System the operations and management budget is $484 million in Fiscal Year 2017. In Texas, ten refuges were heavily impacted — Aransas NWR, Big Boggy NWR, Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR, San Bernard NWR, Brazoria NWR, Moody NWR, Anahuac NWR, Trinity River NWR, McFaddin NWR, and Texas Point NWR. Refuges that were affected in Louisiana are Sabine NWR, Cameron Prairie NWR Lacassine NWR, and Shell Keys NWR. Combined, these 14 refuges welcomed 1.5 million visitors in 2016. Eight of the refuges are still closed and one has only limited facilities. In refuges that have managed to reopen, many areas are still closed due to [...]

 

Read more: http://wildlife.org/14-national-wildlife-refuges-affected-by-harvey/

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