On sister site MNN.com, Russell McLendon tells the story of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, which is currently being occupied by activists who say they hope it "will be shut down forever." He notes that this is part of a long-running dispute over federal management of public lands. He tells us its history:
Originally named Lake Malheur Reservation, MNWR was first protected in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt "as a preserve and breeding ground for native birds." It was the 19th of 51 wildlife refuges created by Roosevelt during his presidency, and at the time it was one of just six refuges located west of the Mississippi River.