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Volunteers help with habitat restoration at Julia Butler Hansen Refuge/USFWS

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. 

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.  

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, at home, 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.

Find out how you can get involved at Julia Butler Hansen Refuge, part of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge Complex...

This group from the University of Idaho had a blast and did some great work at the Julia Butler Hansen Refuge. Check out the video of their trip!

Page Photo Credits — Refuge volunteers - USFWS
Last Updated: Apr 13, 2015
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