Friends of the Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge
First Board Members of the Friends of Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge. Pictured: C. Harris, President, Q. Banks, Vice President, V. Smith, Environmental Ed., T. Papsis, Project Manager, K. Holland, Bookstore Manager, D. Holland, Advisor, and Troy Littrell, Refuge Manager. Credit: USFWS
During 2007 a committed group of Eufaula-area citizens has been hard at work organizing a National Wildlife Refuge Support Group, also known as a "Friends" group. This non-profit grassroots organization will function primarily to bring together local citizens and volunteers who are dedicated to protecting the region's wildlife heritage. Specifically, it will support and promote the Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge by serving as an advocate and by supporting the mssion of the refuge. Members of the Friends group will provide volunteer and financial support for the local Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge. The Friends of Eufaula NWR is affiliated with the National Wildlife Refuge Association, which provides a network of Friends groups throughout the country. By joining together, affiliate Friends groups can have an even bigger impact on natural resources and conservation issues of national concern.
The Friends of Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge joins 250 other Friends groups around the country that, together with their 40,000 members, have contributed to just about every aspect of the protection and conservation of our nation's natural resources since 1996. Such groups are significant, as they provide an essential link between the Refuge and its staff and the local community as a whole. Friends group members contribute time, expertise, materials, and funding which help to promote land stewardship and educate others, especially local young people, about the significance of the local refuge. In 2008 the Friends of Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge plans to organize educational activities and volunteer opportunities at the Refuge, as well as open a bookstore that will operate out of the Refuge Headquarters on Alabama Highway 165. The Friends also plan to have merchandise available for sale at the Eufaula-Barbour County Chamber of Commerce. All in all, Friends Groups assist the USFWS, enabling them to accomplish vital conservation work that would be impossible without the efforts of the Friends.
Anyone can be involved with the Friends Group. Simply put, concerned citizens who share a passion for wildlife and are willing to volunteer time, labor, or money can get involved. The group was initiated by the refuge manager, Troy Littrell, and is managed by local citizens.
Please contact the Refuge Headquarters at 334-687-4065 if you are interested in learning more about the Friends of Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge or visit http://www.fws.gov/friends for more information about Friends groups.