On September 22nd, Caroline Brouwer, VP of Government Affairs, discussed the major legislation on Capitol Hill, from reconciliation to infrastructure to appropriations, with an explanation of how these bills will impact Refuge Friends and national wildlife refuges. below are links to the recording and slides from the webinar.
The Fall 2021 application for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Friends Mentor Program is now available! This program boosts the success of the partnership between Friends and USFWS staff by providing peer-to-peer coaching.
To learn more about the program check out the materials from the Webinar held on Wednesday, September 15. The webinar addressed:
What is mentoring all about?
How does the program work?
What kinds of challenges can be addressed by the Mentor Program and what things cannot?
Below are the recording and other materials from and mentioned during the webinar.
The House Interior Appropriations Committee has passed their bill out of committee, and the numbers are great for national wildlife refuges, but we are still waiting on the Senate to follow through with their bill. What advocates for wildlife and the Refuge System want is for Congress to pass a full package that includes $600 million in funding for Operations and Maintenance for the National Wildlife Refuge System.
Take action today and ask your Senators and Representative to support a full-year funding package that includes $600 million for the Operations and Maintenance Fund of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Take action at https://bit.ly/2VIzHFs
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s updated Friends Policy was finalized on July 12, 2021. This summer the Service has presented two webinars that provided overviews of the Policy. The Service provided the same content for each webinar however since the audience was different and therefore some of the questions differ. In addition to the recordings of the webinars held on July 28th and August 18th other materials from and mentioned during the webinar are available below.
The Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) provides funds to address the maintenance backlog of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other public lands agencies. The funding for GAOA comes from energy development on Federal land and water. Up to $1.9 billion will be available in each fiscal year from 2021 to 2025 to address these maintenance needs. USFWS receives 5 percent of this annual allocation. The following links provide information on FWS projects:
The GAOA also provides full and permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Congress created LWCF in 1964 to protect Federal lands and waters and provide recreational opportunities. GAOA provides LWCF with $900 million annually to support this program. Annually, FWS receives a portion of these funds to support projects, access and land acquisition.