March 13, 2003
Wild Birds Unlimited, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced a new partnership that will provide $600,000 in grants to National Wildlife Refuges.
The grants, awarded through the Pathways To Nature® Conservation Fund, will support environmental education and wildlife viewing projects. Wild Birds Unlimited, representing its nearly 300 franchises across North America, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation each plan to contribute $300,000 to this new partnership. Today’s announcement is made in recognition of the Centennial of the National Wildlife Refuge System, started in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt.
The Pathways To Nature Conservation Fund was established in 1999 as a partnership of Wild Birds Unlimited and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Through February 2003 the two organizations have committed nearly $500,000 for the 22 grants awarded to a variety of public and private partners. The agreement announced today focuses exclusively on additional grants to be made to the National Wildlife Refuge System.
“We are proud to support the fine work of the National Wildlife Refuge System and its 100-year history of working to preserve our natural environment,” said Wild Birds Unlimited CEO Jim Carpenter. “Our mission at Wild Birds Unlimited is to bring people and nature together. By providing support to the wildlife refuges across the country, we will help to ensure that people can enjoy the wonders of wildlife for the next 100 years.”
“The Centennial of the National Wildlife Refuge System gives us an opportunity to not only celebrate our conservation success but also invite all Americans to experience the wonders of the outdoors. With the help of our partners, we will continue to conserve our wildlife heritage for the next 100 years,” said Steve Williams, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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