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NWRA’s Quarterly Call on Legislative & Policy Issues

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Thank you to all that attended NWRA’s Refuge Friends Quarterly Call. As promised, below are links to the recording and other materials from and mentioned during the webinar.

If you have any additional questions feel free to reach out to Caroline Garrett Brouwer, Vice-President of Government Affairs for the National Wildlife Refuge Association.

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Martha Williams Nominated to be Director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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CORFA thanks NWRA and specifically Caroliine Brouwer, Vice President of Government Affairs, for letting us share their blog. 

President Joe Biden has nominated Martha Williams to be the 23rd Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The National Wildlife Refuge Association is proud to support Martha Williams, who has been acting as Director since January 20th, and looks forward to supporting her confirmation in the Senate. 

“Acting Director Williams has been a huge champion for the National Wildlife Refuge System since she joined the Biden Administration,” said Geoffrey L. Haskett, President of the National Wildlife Refuge Association. “From her work to increase the President’s funding request for the Refuge System to her support of wildlife conservation and land protection at refuges from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument to expanding refuges under the President’s leadership in the America the Beautiful Initiative, we believe that she will continue to support refuge staff and land protection during her tenure as Director.” 

“Acting Director Williams has been a huge champion for the National Wildlife Refuge System since she joined the Biden Administration,” said Geoffrey L. Haskett, President of the National Wildlife Refuge Association. “From her work to increase the President’s funding request for the Refuge System to her support of wildlife conservation and land protection at refuges from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument to expanding refuges under the President’s leadership in the America the Beautiful Initiative, we believe that she will continue to support refuge staff and land protection during her tenure as Director.” 

When President Biden took office the National Wildlife Refuge Association prepared a Transition Report with various recommendations for the new administration to address. Finding someone ideal for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director position was one of our top priorities for the administration. 

We strongly recommend that the Senate swiftly confirm Martha Williams as the next DIrector of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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National Wildlife Refuge Association’s Legislative Chat

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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.

Caroline thanks for the updates.

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Action Alert from the National Wildlife Refuge Association

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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. Visit the NWRA Action Center

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