Archive for February, 2009

Feb 28, 2009

Friends Unite! Conference – Pt. 3

In two recent posts (Feb. 22 and Feb. 24), this blogger reported on the 2009 National Wildlife Refuge System Friends Unite Conference, which was held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC from February 21-23. This post is the last in this series of conference updates. During this highly productive three-day conference, over […]

Feb 26, 2009

House Passes Omnibus Spending Bill

The House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act, which contains the nine unfinished annual appropriation bills from the previous Congress. In the House bill, the National Wildlife Refuge System will receive $462.8 million for Fiscal Year 2009, which is an increase of almost $29 million over last year’s enacted levels. In […]

Feb 24, 2009

Friends Unite! Conference – Pt. 2

On February 23 — day three of the 2009 National Wildlife Refuge System Friends Unite Conference, which was held in Washington, DC — one of the sessions featured the organization CARE or the Cooperative Alliance for Refuge Enhancement. CARE is an unusual collection of 22 organizations that often possess different personal agendas but have one […]

Feb 23, 2009

Refuge News Briefs – 02/23/09

R.I. teams with Interior, two nonprofits to preserve 120 acres in South County Corp of Engineers seeks public comment about Back Bay NWR boat traffic Air Guardsmen help marine researchers stay ‘green’ at Farallon NWR More trumpeter swans finding new homes in Arkansas

Feb 22, 2009

2009 Friends Unite Conference – Pt.1

Today this blogger attended the 2009 National Wildlife Refuge System Friends Unite Conference, which was held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC. The conference was designed to advance and strengthen Friends organizations through networking, skills-building and resource-sharing sessions. Over 500 volunteers (representing 161 Friends groups) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees […]

Feb 20, 2009

Friends of Pool 9 Recognized in Local Media

The Friends of Pool 9 — who just learned that they’ve been named the 2009 Friends Group of the Year — were recognized in a recent article of The Gazette in Iowa. “I have never seen a friends group mature so quickly and do so much in so little time,” said Tim Loose, a wildlife […]

Feb 19, 2009

Refuge News Briefs – 02/19/09

Friends of Neches River co-chair explains push to establish refuge Wildlife refuge officials report illegal dumping Controlled hunts planned at Caddo Refuge Guide charged with illegal hunting Artists can submit work for refuge logo art contest