National Wildlife Refuge System

Conserving the Future

Patuxent Research Refuge, MD

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Wildlife Refuge Association are coordinating a national effort to craft a renewed vision for the Refuge System.  Acting Service Director Rowan Gould says, "Our collective charge to conserve the nature of America has never been more profound, and we are coming together with our partners to address the challenges of the future."

"Conserving the Future: Wildlife Refuges for the Next Generation is a Web site to engage America in articulating a vision for the future. The Web site offers groups, discussion forums, surveys and multimedia tools like video from YouTube.  You may join the social network by creating a profile or login with a Facebook account, but anyone can view the content without a profile. Additionally, there are vision statements prepared by five Core Teams of Service employees
1.   Conservation Planning & Design
2.   Conservation Delivery
3.   Conservation Science
4.   Relevance to Changing America
5.   Leadership & Organizational Excellence
The work of the Core Teams and the national dialogue on the Web site will culminate in a national vision conference in Madison, WI, in July 2011.

Join the conversation about the future of your National Wildlife Refuge System. Visit to help create a Refuge System vision for conservation science, planning and delivery, relevance to a changing America and leadership excellence. Share with friends and colleagues — the Refuge System needs everyone!

Last updated: November 5, 2010