National Wildlife Refuge System

Friends Forward February 2014


More Money, More Conservation

Congress funded the Refuge System at 4 percent more than last year – due in large measure to support from Friends. Read more from National Wildlife Refuge System Chief Jim Kurth.

2013-08-21
2013-08-21
Revitalized Mentoring Program

The new Friends Partnership Mentoring Program envisions 30 mentoring events a year, with each of the nation’s approximately 220 Friends partnerships involved in a mentoring session about every seven years. Read more about whether your Friends organization is ripe for mentoring. 

2013-08-21
2013-08-21
First Ever National Friends Policy

This policy will enable the Refuge System to achieve its mission more effectively by increasing community involvement through partnerships with nonprofit Friends organizations. Read highlights here.

2013-08-21
2013-08-21
2014 Refuge System Awards

The National Wildlife Refuge Association has announced the winners of its prestigious annual awards - Friends of Tualatin River Refuge, volunteers Bob and Sharon Waldrop, Volunteers of the Year; refuge manager Andy Yuen; federal wildlife officer Kenneth McCain. Read more.

2013-08-21
2013-08-21
Boosting Sales in Nature Stores

Nature stores are often a significant source of income for Friends groups. Many are trying new tactics to boost sales – and some are turning in results. Read here to learn some ideas that might work. 

2013-08-21
2013-08-21
Wilderness Toolkit

Each staffed refuge is receiving a Wilderness Toolkit to help celebrate this year's 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.  The toolkit includes maps, fact sheets, children's activities, a video and PowerPoint presentation. Toolkit materials will also be available shortly here.

2013-08-21
2013-08-21
Peer-to-Peer Coaching Grants

Friends may now apply for funds to engage in peer-to-peer coaching as well as funds for start-up, capacity building and specific projects. Read more here to find out who the fall grant winners are and how to apply for the next round of National Wildlife Refuge Friends Grants. Read more.

2014-02-14
2013-08-21
2013-08-21
2014 Friends Academy

Friends Academy 7 will be held August 3 - 8 at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV.  Application and details here.

2014-02-14
2014-02-14
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Last updated: February 21, 2014