Press Release

Vermont Congressional Delegation Introduces Resolution Commemorating 80th Anniversary of the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge 

Oct 26, 2023

Resolution Recognizes the Importance of the Refuge to Cultural History, Biodiversity, Fragile Ecosystems in Vermont

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On October 26, Sen. Peter Welch (D-VT), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT),and Representative Balint (D-VT) introduced a resolution commemorating the 80th anniversary of the establishment of the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge. The resolution recognizes the importance of this protected land to biodiversity and fragile ecosystems in Vermont and the world.  

“For thousands of years, the land that comprises the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge has been a sanctuary for people, wildlife, and the environment. This protected land is essential to the preservation of pristine habitats for wildlife and native plant species, as well as Lake Champlain’s ecosystems,” said the Vermont Congressional Delegation. “We’re proud to introduce this resolution that recognizes the Refuge’s importance to Vermont’s natural and cultural heritage and calls on Congress to provide critical resources to safeguard this precious place for future generations.” 

“We are grateful to Senator Welch for sponsoring this resolution,” said Marshall Johnson, chief conservation officer for the National Audubon Society. “The Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge is a treasure, not just for the rare and beautiful birds like the Black Terns, Bobolinks, and Rusty Blackbirds that rely upon its unique and globally important mix of habitats, but also as part of a national refuge system that provides relief for biodiversity, and natural solutions for a healthier climate.”  

“The Friends of Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge extend our gratitude to Senator Welch, Senator Sanders, and Representative Balint for their recognition of our refuge on the 80th anniversary of its inception.  We are immensely appreciative of their commitment to support Missisquoi and the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) as a whole. We are grateful to know that they understand the importance of the National Wildlife Refuge System in protecting our country’s fragile ecosystems, cultural heritages, and threatened and endangered species. By committing their support of adequate funding and staff to the NWRS through this resolution, Vermont stands as an ally in the preservation of our natural world, protecting it for future generations to enjoy,” said The Friends of the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge.  

Established by an Act of Congress in 1943, the Refuge is located on land sacred to the tribes of the Western Abenaki and encompasses nearly 7,000 acres of protected land in Franklin County, Vermont. The Refuge is part of the Atlantic Flyway system of National Wildlife Refuges and is 1 of just 41 National Wildlife Refuges in the United States designated as a RAMSAR Wetland of International Importance. According to the Refuge, the protected land receives 80,000 annual visitors traveling from all 50 states and multiple foreign countries, making it a key part of Vermont’s vibrant outdoor recreation industry that contributes billions of dollars to the state economy.  

The resolution calls for support of the National Wildlife Refuge System, including the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, by providing the necessary financial and staffing resources to carry out its mission of conserving wildlife, protecting habitats, and providing access to outdoor recreational opportunities.  

Full text of the resolution can be found here.