National Wildlife Refuge System

Friends Forward February 2015




  Pres. Obama Moves to Protect Arctic Refuge

On January 25, President Obama announced he will officially recommend to Congress that core areas of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge – including its Coastal Plain – be designated as wilderness, the highest level of protection available to public lands. If Congress chooses to act, it would be the largest ever wilderness designation since Congress passed the visionary Wilderness Act over 50 years ago.

 

See the announcement here.

 

Read the full Arctic Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan here.

2013-08-21   Oct
2013-08-21   Oct

Highest Ever Refuge System Budget Proposed by President

If enacted, President Obama's Fiscal Year 2016 budget would be the Refuge System’s highest operations and maintenance budget ever. Read the details here.

2013-08-21   Oct
2013-08-21  
Jim Kurth Named Deputy Director
Jim Kurth, Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System since 2011, has been named Deputy Director for Operations of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Read more here.
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2013-08-21  
  Help for Monarch Butterflies

Should monarchs be listed as threatened or endangered? The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is asking the question and making plans to help. Find out how they will make the decision here.

2014-10-21 Oct
2013-08-21 Oct
Friends on the Web

Your Friends Web site is your face to the world. Here are some best practices to make it more compelling.

 
2013-08-21   Oct
2013-08-21 Oct
  The Thrill of a Handwritten Letter

Youngsters at Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, MN, love getting mail from refuges all over the U.S. Read about what they are doing here.

2013-08-21  
2013-08-21  
Treasures of the Dungeness Spit

In this hands-off world, the treasure chest at Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, WA, is hands-on.  Dungeness Refuge is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Read more here.

 
2013-08-21
2013-08-21

Grants


Every Day Capacity Building Grants from the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) provide up to 25 Friends Groups with grant funds of up to $5,000 to help build their capacity to serve public lands. Proposals for the summer cycle are due April 30; winter cycle proposals are due October 30.

 

Through the KEEN Effect, grants of $10,000 will go to nonprofit organizations around the world who are dedicated to getting people outside. Applications received by March 1 will be considered for the first round of grantee winners announced by April 22. Applications filed between March 1 and Aug. 1 will be considered for the final round of winners to be announced by Sept. 26. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Captain Planet grants are intended to provide hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities for youth and serve as a catalyst to get environment-based education in schools. The Captain Planet Foundation accepts requests for grants between $500 - $2,500. Grants for spring and summer projects should be filed before September 30; grants for fall and winter projects by January 31.


2013-08-21
2013-08-21

2015 Friends Academy

Friends Academy is an advanced training program for board members and staff of Refuge Friends organizations. Friends Academy 8 will be held August 16 – 21 at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV. Application deadline is March 30.  More information and application here.


 
Deputy Director Jim Kurth chats with 2012 Friends Academy participants at the National Conservation Training Center in West Virginia.
Credit: USFWS
2013-08-21
2013-08-21

Friends Partnership Course

An online course on Friends partnerships will be offered March 4 – April 15: Reinvigorating Your Friends Partnership CLM8129. During the course Service staff and Friends board members can assess the health of their Friends organizations and develop strategies to sustain and strengthen these partnerships. The course is online on Wednesdays from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time.  Contact Julie_Study@fws.gov or 304-876-7651for registration information.


2013-08-21
2013-08-21

Need More Coloring Books?

Friends may order coloring books, brochures and many other items useful for environmental education and public information. Visit here for a price list with images of each publication and here for an order form.


2013-08-21
2013-08-21

Refuge Update Focuses on Special Little Places

The January/February issue of the Refuge Update newsletter features a handful of refuges that are small in acreage and large in impact. Anyone who wants to receive a printed copy of the bimonthly newsletter should write to Bill_O'Brian@fws.gov.  The issue is available online in the following formats:


PDF


Flipbook 


HTML

 

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Last updated: February 9, 2015