activities related to the day-to-day running of the organization such as: HR, legal, employees, administration & operations, training/orientation, etc.

The Subtle Differences Between Friends & Volunteers: Juggling the Hats We Wear

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Wednesday, November 15th, 2 – 3:30 pm ET

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Participants defined a Friend, Friends Volunteer, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Volunteer. They learned to distinguish the roles for each following USFWS policies for these program and tested their knowledge by participating in scenarios describing situations that may occur on hatcheries and refuges.

We would like to thank our knowledgeable presenters,

  • Jackie Jacobson, USFWS Region 6 Friends and Volunteer Coordinator
  • Helen StrackeljahnUSFWS Region 7 Friends and Volunteer Coordinator
  • Sue Hix, Friends of Sherburne NWR
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USFWS Collection of Information from Friends

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In the Federal Register there is a notice by the US Fish and Wildlife Service regarding information collection activities related to the Friends Partnership Agreement. This notice was posted on 9/25/2023.

The notice states, “In September 2020, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of the Interior (DOI) delivered its final audit report of the Service’s Friends Program. The audit outlined six recommendations, including a requirement for Friends group to report related data to the Service on a regular basis. In order to collect this information legally, we must complete the Information Collection Clearance process.”

To review the notice and see how to submit your comments go to: Federal Register: Agency Information Collection Activities; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Agreements with Friends Organizations.

Your comments must be submitted on or before November 24, 2023.

Should you have comments or questions that you want to share with the Coalition of Refuge Friends and Advocates please send them to coalitionrefugefriends@gmail.com. We will work getting clarification and explanations. 

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Federal Government Shutdown Averted!

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Today we can celebrate that a shutdown of the Federal government has been averted!

Legislation has been signed that will keep the government funded at current levels through mid-November.

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Guidance for Volunteers and Friends during Shutdown

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has developed guidance for Volunteers and Friends should there be a partial shutdown of the Federal government due to the lack of appropriations. The Service has shared this guidance with CORFA and we want to make sure you have a copy.

2023 Guidance for Volunteers and Friends

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