Archive for the 'Friends' Category

Mar 06, 2013

Friends of Lee Metcalf Refuge Donate to Land Trust

The Bitterroot Star reports that the Friends of Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge recently donated $10,000 to the Bitter Root Land Trust, which partners with conservation-minded landowners to help them complete conservation easements on land near the refuge.

“Our partnership with the Friends of Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge has been extremely valuable for farm [...]

Feb 18, 2013

2013 Refuge System Award Winners

The National Wildlife Refuge Association and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation have announced the honorees for the prestigious annual National Wildlife Refuge System Awards. The awards honor the Refuge Manager, Refuge Employee, Refuge Volunteer and Friends Group of the Year.
“The Refuge System could not function, let alone be the bright star of conservation in [...]

Dec 09, 2012

NWRA Launches Refuge Friends Connect

The National Wildlife Refuge Association has launched the Refuge Friends Connect website to help give Friends inspiration, motivation, and tools to enhance any Friends Group as they strive to support wildlife conservation, their community, their local refuge, and the Refuge System.
On the site, you’ll find:

RESOURCES to expand your knowledge
DIRECTORY of all Friends Groups
FORUMS to pose [...]

Nov 20, 2012

Wildlife About to Fall Off the “Fiscal Cliff”

The Cooperative Alliance for Refuge Enhancement (CARE) is a national coalition of 22 wildlife, sporting, conservation, and scientific organizations. Together, these organizations represent a national constituency numbering more than 15 million Americans. Working together, and with the support of more than 230 refuge Friends groups, CARE educates Congress, the Administration and the public about the [...]

Nov 02, 2012

Tram Tours at Hagerman NWR

The North Texas e-News recently reported on the popular tram tours at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in north Texas.
The C&E Cardinal Express is a new electric tram at Hagerman NWR where visitors can enjoy refuge tours along the Auto Route. The tram holds up to 14 and “operates silently for minimum disturbance of wildlife.”
Starting [...]

Oct 07, 2012

Patoka River NWR in Indiana Acquires 1,043 Acres

Dubois-Pike County News reports that Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge in Indiana has grown by 1,043 acres:

Acquisition of this land has been a top priority for the managers of Patoka River NWR for over five years, but a deal failed to materialize. Peabody Energy ultimately agreed to sell the property to Sycamore Land Trust, who [...]

Sep 18, 2012

California Wildlife Refuge Gets Ax

The Alameda Sun reports that the final nail appears to be in the coffin for any hopes regarding the creation of the proposed Alameda National Wildlife Refuge in California.

The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) received the green light from the US Fish & Wildlife Service for its Alameda Point clinic and national cemetery [...]

Aug 10, 2012

New Paddling Trails to Open at Tensas River NWR in Louisiana

The Town Talk reports that on September 15, 2012, the LSU AgCenter plans to unveil four new paddling trails at the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Louisiana for National Hunting and Fishing Day. The LSU AgCenter has also acquired a grant to run paddling workshops to encourage visitors to get out on the [...]

Aug 09, 2012

Alamosa NWR Visitor Center Reopens

The Valley Courier in Colorado reports that with help of volunteers from the Friends of the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuges, the Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center in southern Colorado has reopened. Since reopening, the Center has received hundreds of visitors from at least five countries.
The highlight of the Center is the [...]

Aug 06, 2012

Forsythe Volunteer Attends National Refuge Friends Academy

The Galloway Patch in New Jersey reported on an Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge volunteer who attended the recent Friends Academy at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center in West Virginia.
Mary Harper (of Friends of Forsythe) was one of 23 “friends” from refuges around the country to attend the Friends [...]

Feb 22, 2012

Friends of Anahuac Refuge Review Accomplishments

The Anahuac Progress in Texas recently published an article on the annual meeting of the Friends of Anahuac Refuge.

The Friends of Anahuac Refuge held their annual meeting a couple weeks ago at the new visitor’s center on FM 563. There was a good sized crowd of interested persons attending the meeting, who were served [...]

Feb 13, 2012

Friends Testify Before Congress in Support of Harris Neck NWR

As this blog reported in July 2010, Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia is under attack as Republican Representative Jack Kingston and an organization called the Harris Neck Land Trust are attempting to remove the refuge from the National Wildlife Refuge System so it can be turned over to descendants of former land owners [...]