Urban Refuge Initiative
Advancing implementation of the Conserving the Future vision, the Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative implementation team is having three days of one-on-one meetings with a host of NGOs to learn about initiatives that already engage urban residents and identify possible collaborations that could introduce wildlife refuges to millions of people. The meetings are being held June 26-29.
More than 260 wildlife refuges are within traveling distance of small cities; eight refuges are within 25 miles of population centers of three million. But Refuge System visitor data indicate that millions of city residents are not making the nature connection. For many, the National Wildlife Refuge System is not a household name. The Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative seeks to expand the Refuge System’s presence in at least 10 cities.
For more information about the Conserving the Future vision, visit http://americaswildlife.org/.