Paul J. Rainey Wildlife Sanctuary

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The Paul J. Rainey Wildlife Sanctuary is a 26,000-acre (110 km2) refuge owned by the National Audubon Society in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana. Established in 1924, this private Louisiana sanctuary is home to alligator, deer, muskrat, otter, geese and many other species. Because of the focus to maintain safe, secure and healthy habitats for waterfowl and other endemic wildlife, it is not open to the public, and no hunting or fishing is permitted within the Sanctuary boundaries. There are no roads to the Sanctuary, and boat access through the private canals is by permission only. It is currently managed by Audubon Louisiana, a state office of the National Audubon Society.

In the 1950s, gas drilling began at the refuge and ended in 1999. The society said it was compelled to allow the drilling because the original donor of the land had retained mineral rights. The drilling yielded $25 million for the NAS. Some proponents of drilling on nature preserves argued this made the Society's opposition to such drilling hypocritical.[1]


  1. ^ PC Oil Drilling in a Wildlife Refuge | WSJ Oped via PRB September 7, 1995

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