Wittman: Protecting the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge

A note from Congressman Rob Wittman concerning the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge:



Did you know the Rappahannock River Valley Wildlife Refuge  is in the First District? I hope you’ve had the chance to visit it or one our nation’s 565 National Wildlife Refuges this summer.

These wildlife refuges span over 150 million acres of public lands across the United States and in 2016 alone, over 40,000 volunteers contributed 1.4 million of hours work on these land. This Congress, the President signed my bipartisan bill to reauthorize the volunteer programs that keep our wildlife refuges up and running.

Because of these programs, folks from all around can enjoy wildlife viewing, fishing, refuge education, and hunting for years to come. Take the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge, for example. In 2016, volunteers logged over 3,000 hours restoring native grasslands around the river to create more habitats for the species native to the Rappahannock.

I’m proud of this victory for our public lands and am confident our refuges will continue to be enjoyed by tourists, sportsmen and women, and conservationists for years to come.

It’s an honor to serve you and Virginia’s First District in the People’s House.