Friends Forward
February 2016
A Story of Change and Consistency
Weather forecasters predicted a blizzard. Nevertheless two-thirds of the invited Friends came to the Moving Friends Forward workshop in January at the National Training Center in West Virginia. They networked. They planned. And they even had fun. Refuge Chief Cynthia Martinez reflects on the weekend. Read more
Proposed Budget Seeks Increase for Refuge System
In his fiscal year 2017 budget, President Obama requested $506.6 million for Refuge System operations and maintenance, a $25.2 million increase from the fiscal 2016 enacted budget. Read More
Finding the Volunteers You Need
“Volunteering used to be an alternative to work. Now it is an alternative to other uses of leisure time,” says author Richard Lynch. “There are people who want to do everything that needs to be done.” Read the tips Lynch provided during the Moving Friends Forward training. Read more
10 Strategies for Finding Great Board Members
Invest time in board development, says consultant and former Friends president Cathy Allen. Read more strategies for finding and keep board members. Read more
Valle de Oro Refuge as a Resource for the Community
Friends of Valle de Oro Refuge, NM, organized to support the refuge’s establishment in 2012. Now the Friends are spearheading outreach to help write an environmental justice plan. Read more
Mayors' Monarch Pledge
As of February, 66 mayors in 20 states had taken the Monarch Pledge, committing their cities to take specific actions that will make urban habitat friendlier to monarchs and other wildlife. Read about ways Friends can be involved. Read more
2016 Friends Academy and Friends Mentoring Program
These are resources for Friends organizations and individual Friends board members. Find out the details. Read more.
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