Friends Forward
June 2015
New Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System
Cynthia Martinez, a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has been named Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Read more
National Friends Training
A National Friends Training will be offered at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) in West Virginia January 22–24, 2016. Find out all of the details about nominations. Read more
Mentoring Friends
“Go in, be open, leave the baggage at the door. Be willing to move forward.” That’s the advice Lamar Gore, refuge manager at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, PA, offers Friends organizations applying to the new mentoring program.  Read more
That's What Friends Are For
It’s been a rough spring for Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge, OK, but the Friends of the Wichitas provided invaluable support after a night of flash flooding left several refuge families homeless. Read more
After the Birds Taught Me to Fly
Bird-watching theatre – which took place right on a trail -- came to Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge during the Twin Cities Urban Bird Festival in early June. Read more
Northwest Refuges Receive
$1 Million for Community Connections
National wildlife refuges in Oregon and Washington are receiving $1 million in funding to reach new audiences and engage urban communities and youth in conservation and outdoor recreation. Read more
New Refuge in North Carolina
Mountain Bogs National Wildlife Refuge - the 563rd refuge in the National Wildlife Refuge System - has been established in western North Carolina. Read more
2014 Youth Service Report
2014 Youth Service Report discusses how investing in America's next generation is so critical and details the new ways to engage young audiences in outdoor experiences.
Arctic Refuge featured on 2016 Federal Lands Recreation Pass
The U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the winner of the 2014 “Share the Experience” photography contest and launched the 2015 contest.
Refuge Update, May-June
Refuge Update includes a focus on new partnerships, photography in the refuges and much more.
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