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Chat with the Chief of the Refuge System

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What’s In The President’s FY 23 Budget?

Cynthia Martinez, Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System, discussed the FY2023 Budget Request with Friends on May 25, 2022.

For the recording of the Zoom call and additional information.

A huge thank you to our very knowledgeable presenters, Cynthia Martinez, Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System and Eric Alvarez Chief of Real Estate.

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NWRA Announces O’Brien Prize for Refuge Friends Groups

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The National Wildlife Refuge Association is excited to announce the third installment of the O’Brien Prize, an annual award for our Friends groups. The prize is named after Donal O’Brien III, a past Board Chair and longtime enthusiast of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Don is a generous supporter of the great work we do for national wildlife refuges and is very impressed by the dedication and effectiveness of Refuge Friends groups. 

Last year, the Friends of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex won the O’Brien Prize for their Bilingual Trail Video Project. They created short trail videos in English and Spanish showcasing the plants, animals, and habitats found within the William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge, the Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge, and the Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge. 

This year, we are offering a prize of up to $3,000. In order to apply, please use this application form. Please email the completed form back to us by April 18th, 2022. We plan to announce the winner/s at the end of April. 

Thank you for everything you do for your local refuge and for the National Wildlife Refuge System. We are very proud to call you our partners and recognize the very important work you all do. We look forward to receiving your application. 

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Webinar on Donor-Centered Fundraising

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We want to thank Aimee Arent and Tom Romito from the Friends of Ottawa NWR in Ohio for presenting the webinar on Donor-Centered Fundraising: Challenging your mindset about the F word as promised.

Here is the recording and slides from the webinar.

This recording will be archived on this website in our Resource Center under the category, Webinars by CORFA/NWRA.

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Great American Outdoors Act & Refuges

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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.

For more information on GAOA and LWCF click here.

Photo credit: Alex Galt/USFWS

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What’s In The President’s Budget for Refuges?

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The Biden administration has released the FY 2022 Budget Request, with big increases for National Wildlife Refuge System funding. Senior management of the National Wildlife Refuge System joined Friends on Tuesday, June 29th to review and discuss the budget.

Links to the recording and slides:

We want to thank our amazing and knowledgeable presenters:

  • Cynthia Martinez, USFWS, Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System
  • Ketti Spomer, NWRS, Division Chief for Budget, Performance, and Workforce
  • Eric Alvarez, NWRS, Division Chief for Realty

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