The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships which encourage conservation and preservation of our natural and cultural resources. Partnerships with the Refuge System bring innovative approaches to solving land management and water disputes in the most environmentally protective manner. Scientifically-informed and technologically-based stewardship of our public lands, waters, wildlife and special places must be collaborative efforts between the Refuge System, other government agencies, and private organizations if conservation efforts are to succeed. Two Ponds is fortunate to work with 2 Friends groups in order to better support this collaborative mission.
The Two Ponds Preservation Foundation and the Founders and Friends of Two Ponds are both local Friend's Groups committed to the preservation and enhancement of the Refuge.
The Foundation was founded in 1990 in response to
projected development of the Two Ponds open space. It was through their original
efforts that the Refuge was preserved. The non-profit group has worked
very closely with the Refuge in the physical development of the site and
continues to do so. They are heavily active in supporting an initiative to design and construct an educational facility on the Refuge, promoting the Refuge's functions and activities, and are the primary sponsor of the Colorado Junior Duck Stamp program.
Founders was established in 2015 for the purpose of preserving wetlands and natural habitat - and to support educational, interpretive and biological activities and events at the Refuge. It is the intent that land(s) which the founders help preserve and enhance be open for the enjoyment of the public, and for assisting children in urban areas to study and better understand their natural heritage. They are currently active in program development at Two Ponds as well as Refuge promotion and enhancement efforts via outreach and grant applications.
Both Friends groups work in cooperation with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service which is the managing owner of the refuge to conserve the wetlands and natural wildlife habitat and provide environmental education opportunities for the community. Neither shall engage in activities that would be outside the statues of the State of Colorado for a Colorado Nonprofit Corporation. Both groups recognize that this natural heritage is a valuable resource with distinct cultural and educational values
These committed citizens have formed partnerships with Boy Scout Troops, Elementary Schools, Construction Companies, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, Colorado State Parks, Colorado Division of Wildlife, Majestic View Nature Center, Great Outdoors Colorado, City of Arvada and other partners too numerous to mention here to successfully complete many projects on the Refuge.
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Two Ponds NWR provides an urban oasis for native plants and wildlife.