Ways to Get Involved
From its start in 1903, the National Wildlife Refuge System has owed its very existence to concerned citizens eager to protect America's natural resources. Join the Friends of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex or contact Ankeny NWR to do your part.
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.
More than 42,000 people volunteer their time and ideas each year to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Whether they work on the land, in a visitor center or with youth, they contribute to the conservation mission that reaches back more than a century. Become a volunteer or Refuge Friend to contribute your strength on behalf of America’s natural resources. Contact the Friends of the WVNWRC or Refuge staff to learn how you can get involved.
Partners for Fish & Wildlife
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is, by working with others, to conserve, protect and enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. Since 1987, the Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife program has been accomplishing this mission by offering technical and financial assistance to private landowners to voluntarily restore a variety of fish and wildlife habitats on their land.
The Partners for Fish and Wildlife program in the Willamette Valley focuses on restoring oak woodland, savanna, grassland,
Our efforts are part of a large-scale restoration initiative to increase awareness of native habitats, restore diversity, contribute to recovery of listed species, benefit key migratory bird habitats, enhance valuable open space and preserve the historic character of the Willamette Valley in a manner compatible with its present day uses.
The USFWS works with a wide variety of partners to restore wildlife habitat on private lands. These partners include other federal agencies, Tribes, state and local governments, conservation organizations, academic institutions, businesses and industries, school groups and private individuals.
Over 70 percent of our Nation’s landscape is in private ownership. The health of our fish and wildlife populations depend on habitat on private lands. To get involved or for further information, contact your nearest National Wildlife Refuge.
Your Willamette Valley and the American Great Outdoors Initiative
"Lasting conservation solutions should rise from the American people." This is the overarching premise of the America's Great Outdoors Initiative, enacted in April 2010. Also central to the initiative is the understanding that the appreciation and protection of our national heritage is an objective shared by all Americans.The Valley AGO project took shape in 2011, with the creation of the Willamette Valley Conservation Study. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has been entrusted with the coordination of this study, which covers a geographic area that includes the valley floor and foothills to about 1,500 feet in elevation. Over 100 communities, including the five largest cities in Oregon and numerous farms, ranches, and forests, are located within the Study area. After a period of input gathering from many other government and non-government organizations, as well as private land owners, the Conservation Study is moving forward with a set of focus topics that represent the most abundant concerns we've heard in discussions of conservation throughout The Valley.
Other Partner Organizations
Locally, the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex staff regularly partner with various different organizations. Here are just a few of our partners:
- Friends of the Willamette Valley NWRC
- Audubon Society of Corvallis
- Salem Audubon Society
- Benton Soil & Water Conservation District
- The Greenbelt Land Trust
- Oregon State University Extension Service
More than 200 nonprofit Refuge Friends organizations support National Wildlife Refuges, whether they work with a single refuge, a refuge complex or an entire state. Friends members are crucial to conserving and protecting our nation’s wildlife and teaching millions of Americans that their actions today determine the conservation legacy of tomorrow. The Friends of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex support the refuges through work parties, educational programs, refuge events, and funds provided by the volunteer-run Wild Goose Nature Store in the Finley NWR administrative building.
Friends of the Willamette Valley NWRC
To learn more about the Friends of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex and what they do on the refuges, check out their quarterly newsletter, The Wild Goose Tales.