The Spy recently published a Bay Journal article by Jeremy Cox about the possible closing of the Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge. This was because it lacked the funding to hire a new refuge manager, a position that has been empty for almost a year. The story generated concern and questions for many refuge enthusiasts.
According to a clarification, submitted to the Spy by Terri Edwards, Chief of Public Affairs for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Northeast Region, the following statement has been issued on their website:
“We’ve heard from many people recently asking if we are closing Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge. We are not. While we have not made any final decisions about filling the vacant refuge manager position, we can confirm that the refuge will remain open for hunting, fishing, bird watching, and other wildlife-dependent activities.”