Gulf County commission backs access to St. Vincent

This red wolf was photographed in March 2007 as a captive specimen at "Parks at Chehaw” in Albany, G

This red wolf was photographed in March 2007 as a captive specimen at "Parks at Chehaw” in Albany, Georgia.

Tim Ross
Published: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 11:55 AM.

Gulf County Commissioners on April 22 entered the fray to maintain full public access to St. Vincent Island National Wildlife Refuge.

The board unanimously approved for a letter to be sent to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lending BOCC support to efforts to preserve what remains of the skeletal management of St. Vincent.

Landy Luther, with the Supporters of St. Vincent Island, brought a plea to the board, urging commissioners to participate in the letter-writing campaign currently underway.

Two months ago, Luther said, the Supporters were notified that USFWS was undergoing an analysis of staffing and funding for national wildlife refuges.

“The information we got was really negative toward St. Vincent,” Luther said.

What information has been made available indicates the USFWS is considering further staffing and funding cuts at St. Vincent.

And while the refuge will not be closed – that would require congressional action, Luther said – “public uses and access to the island could possibly be restricted,” Luther said.



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