WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, today announced that the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Decatur, Alabama, was awarded $5.443 million as part of the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Fiscal Year 2018 construction projects operating plan.
“Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge plays a key role in helping to protect, manage, and restore lands and waters throughout North Alabama,” said Senator Shelby. “I am proud that this refuge will receive over $5 million for improvements, addressing public access and management needs. I look forward to continuing to work with Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge and other facilities across the state to ensure that future generations can benefit from the unique environment Alabama has to offer.”
This $5.443 million award, which is one of the largest funding awards in the Fish and Wildlife Service’s announcement, will increase access at the Wheeler Refuge. Additionally, the funding will provide the refuge in Decatur with the ability to improve the experience for people visiting from all over Alabama.
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants. Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, which was established July 7, 1938, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, provides for a wide spectrum of wildlife and attracts thousands of wintering waterfowl each year. The 35,000 acre refuge also manages and protects habitat for 12 federally listed endangered or threatened species.