U.S. Senate Passes Gardner, Bennet Resolution Designating National Urban Wildlife Refuge Day

Washington, D.C. – The United States Senate this week unanimously passed Colorado Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet’s (D) resolution designating September 29th as National Urban Wildlife Refuge Day.


“Urban wildlife refuges are essential for making sure people in urban areas are able to enjoy and discover nature,” said Senator Gardner. “In Colorado, we are fortunate to have the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, the Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge, and the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge around our largest urban area. I was proud to work with Senator Bennet on this resolution to encourage Americans everywhere to enjoy these gateways to wildlife and outdoor recreation, and I’m pleased the Senate passed it unanimously.”


“Coloradans value access to the outdoors, regardless of where they live,” said Senator Bennet. “Just outside of Denver, the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge provides outstanding opportunities for hiking and wildlife viewing. I’m glad the Senate passed this resolution to celebrate National Urban Wildlife Refuge Day and honor our nation’s commitment to ensuring all Americans have the chance to enjoy our public lands.”


The resolution reads:


Whereas over 80 percent of people in the United States live in or near cities, which typically have limited opportunities for residents to access nature and experience outdoor recreation;


Whereas the National Wildlife Refuge System under the United States Fish and Wildlife Service manages 567 national wildlife refuges that constitute a national network of land and water managed for the conservation of fish, wildlife, and plants in the United States;


Whereas national wildlife refuges provide opportunities for people to discover and appreciate nature;


Whereas there is a refuge located within a 1-hour drive of every metropolitan area in the United States;


Whereas the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program under the United States Fish and Wildlife Service—

(1) focuses on introducing people living in densely populated areas to the more than 100 national wildlife refuges near urban areas; and

(2) promotes wildlife conservation and the enjoyment of hunting, fishing, and other wildlife-dependent recreational activities close to where people live;


Whereas the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program focuses on public-private partnerships—

(1) to improve wildlife conservation; and

(2) to promote access to recreation on and off national wildlife refuges, including recreational activities such as hunting and fishing; and


Whereas by exploring community-centered approaches to address local needs, engaging the next generation of anglers and hunters, and providing infrastructure and safe access, the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program helps local organizations, cities, and towns across the United States engage in conservation activities: Now, therefore, be it


Resolved, That the Senate—

(1) designates September 29, 2019, as ‘‘National Urban Wildlife Refuge Day’’;

(2) encourages the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to increase access to outdoor recreational opportunities for urban communities; and

(3) encourages the people of the United States to visit and experience the more than 100 urban national wildlife refuges of the United States.




Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.