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Where Eagles Soar – VA Wildlife Refuge Listed as Most “At Risk”

October 4, 2007

Warsaw, VA – A popular hangout for bald eagles along the East Coast is listed as one of the top ten National Wildlife Refuges most at risk, according to a new report from Defenders of Wildlife. The Rappahannock River Valley Wildlife Refuge is home to about 400 bald eagles who winter in the refuge, or use it as a breeding ground. Noah Matson with Defenders of Wildlife says the problem is that the refuge is made up of bits and pieces of private and public land, much of which has been targeted for development.

"Very soon, if we don't invest here, the remaining pieces of property within the refuge boundary are going to be lost to development, and all that wildlife habitat that supports bald eagles will be lost."

Matson says several people who own land in and around the refuge have offered to sell it, or grant easements on their property, but the refuge has no money to close the deals. Nationwide, the National Wildlife Refuge system has been plagued with funding cutbacks.

Mark Winters owns about 400 acres between refuge parcels. He wants to sell his land to the Rappahannock refuge, but says the deal has been delayed because the money to purchase his land is lacking.

"I'm interested in trying to preserve lands that people can use for viewing wildlife and doing outdoor activities."

The full report, "Refuges at Risk," can be viewed online at www.defenders.org.

Deborah Smith/John Robinson, Public News Service - VA