Refuge Watch Author:
My name is Lisa, and I’m a long-time volunteer in the National Wildlife Refuge System, both with Friends groups as well as with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. I have a bachelor’s degree in communications, and I have previous experience in writing for various conservation publications and websites. Although I’m personally interested in a variety of environmental issues, protection of the National Wildlife Refuge System is my chief area of concern.
This blog was started because I have come to understand what many writers, reporters, and biologists have stated — that the Refuge System is the best kept secret in the federal lands system. Unfortunately this low profile has meant that the Refuge System is often underfunded, understaffed, and frequently overlooked — even by conservationists. Although many individual refuges are supported by groups of local citizens (in the form of nonprofit Friends groups), the Refuge System today is in grave jeopardy due to dwindling budgets, massive staff cuts, and complex management challenges such as encroaching development, invasive species, and global warming.
The specific goals of this blog are listed below, but it is my overall hope that this website will stimulate interest in the National Wildlife Refuge System — the greatest network of wildlife conservation lands in the world, and the only federal lands in America where wildlife is supposed to come first.
Refuge Watch Goals:
- To increase awareness of the challenges facing the National Wildlife Refuge System and the many wildlife species it protects.
- To increase awareness of the need for active public involvement in the care and management of all refuges.
- To increase concern and advocacy for proper funding of the Refuge System.
- To generate interest in tourism opportunities at refuges that are open to the public.