Realty 101: What Is The Role Of Friends In Land Acquisition?

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Wednesday, June 29th, 2:00 pm ET

Do you know how land acquisition priorities are determined for USFWS? Can Friends acquire lands? Do you wonder how Friends can influence funding decisions for land acquisition? These topics and more will be covered in this upcoming webinar on land acquisition. We will talk about the Land and Water Conservation Fund and Duck Stamp Programs as well as the 30×30 conservation initiative and its potential impact on Refuges. If you have questions about the role of Friends in land acquisition this webinar is for you. 

We are excited to have as our presenter Joe McCauley, who served for 32 years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service working within the National Wildlife Refuge System as a wildlife refuge manager, land protection planner, Atlantic Coast Joint Venture Coordinator, and Realty Officer and also a past National Wildlife Refuge Association Northeast Regional Representative.

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Photo credit: Arrowleaf balsamroot on the National Elk Refuge, WY | Hannah Bradburn / USFWS

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The Link — Spring 2022 Newsletter

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The Link is a quarterly newsletter produced in coordination between Friends, the National Wildlife Refuge Association and Coalition of Refuge Friends & Advocates.

Spring is taking its time getting to Central Minnesota this year. For several days in mid-March, warm, sunny days got our hopes up, but those hopes were soon dashed by bone-chilling winds, persistent gray clouds, below-normal temperatures, and s-n-o-w—that we’re still experiencing in mid-April. Despite the weather, though, the distinctive sounds of sandhill cranes, trumpeter swans, and red-winged blackbirds in the wetlands have assured us that Mother Nature is still on schedule; and once the ice goes out and we see loons on the lakes, we’ll know for sure that it’s time to start checking ourselves and our pets for ticks. Ah, spring!

The definition of “spring” varies with location, so we’ve asked some Friends from across the country to send us photos of springtime on their refuges and tell us what special activities are in store for people visiting those refuges in the next couple of months. For example, here at Sherburne, there will be the opening of the Wildlife Drive, a couple of bird hikes, a Spring Celebration, and visits from Partner School students as we cautiously proceed to greet visitors in person after the long COVID-19 hiatus. 

We at The Link hope that you’ll enjoy this issue with photos of spring and other features geared to the interests of Friends everywhere.

Our Spring Features Include:

Read All Of The Stories!

Sincerely,
Sue Hix, Editor
Friends of Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge


Credits

The Spring 2022 version of The Link has been a coordinated effort between the National Wildlife Refuge Association and Coalition of Refuge Friends & Advocates. 

To receive the next issue of The Link, complete the form at the bottom of this page https://www.refugeassociation.org/friends. And please add refugeassociation.org to the safe list for your email account.

You’re invited to join the CORFA Facebook group, a place to connect with other amazing members of the Friends community to share information, insights, and experiences concerning nonprofit governance, management, and advocacy. Go to  https://www.facebook.com/groups/coalitionofrefugefriends/ and request to join this private group.

  • Sue Hix (Editor) – Friends of Sherburne NWR
  • Joan Patterson (Co-editor)—Coalition of Refuge Friends and Advocates 
  • Caroline Brouwer—NWRA VP of Government Affairs 
  • Eden Taylor (designer)— NWRA Communications Associate 
  • Friends Editorial Staff:
    • Cheryl Hart—NWRA Board, Board member of Friends of Tualatin River NWR 
    • Kathy Woodward—Former NWRA Board Member, Board member of Friends of Great Swamp NWR 
    • Jim Stone– NWRA Board, Board member of Friends of the Wichitas

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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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Figuring Out Who’s Who in the Alphabet Soup of USFWS, NWRA, and CORFA

Thank you to everyone who attended this week’s webinar Figuring Out Who’s Who in the Alphabet Soup of USFWS, NWRA, and CORFA. Should you want to listen again or didn’t have a chance to attend here is the recording and other materials.

A special thank you to our knowledgeable presenters:

  • DC Carr, Regional Friends Coordinator, US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
  • Caroline Brouwer, Vice President of Government Affairs, National Wildlife Refuge Association (NWRA)
  • Joan Patterson, President, Coalition of Refuge Friends and Advocates (CORFA)

This webinar is archived on this website in the Resource Center.

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The Link — Winter 2022 Newsletter

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  • Reading time:8 mins read
Winter 2022 issue of The Link

The Link is a quarterly newsletter produced in coordination between Friends, the National Wildlife Refuge Association and Coalition of Refuge Friends & Advocates.

For almost two years now, refuge and hatchery Friends have been adjusting to “life with COVID.” We’ve hosted Zoom meetings and presentations, beefed up our websites with videos and other self-serve options, used online shopping and other creative ways to promote business at our nature stores, and devised ways to meet and work safely with other Friends, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) staff, and even visitors outdoors at our sites. “So, what now?” you may ask.

Despite COVID, Friends remain in a unique position to collaborate with and support their USFWS partners. For example, they can advocate—and even lobby—for their sites, and with the help of the National Wildlife Refuge Association (NWRA), they are keeping abreast of current issues and learning how to work effectively with members of Congress and other decision-makers to influence legislation involving funding, use of national wildlife refuge lands, and other important issues. In the January quarterly call, Caroline Brouwer, Vice President of Government Affairs at NWRA, told us how we can support our national wildlife refuges and the National Wildlife Refuge System by submitting written testimony to Congress showing how our sites have suffered from lack of funding and reduced staffing. Don’t know where to start? Review the call recording and then click here for tips about submitting testimony.

Friends also continue to raise funds to support refuge/hatchery activities, programs, and projects, including those to attract and engage visitors, even if visitor centers are closed. The “COVID break” has given many of us a chance to develop ideas, raise funds as needed, and work with our USFWS partners to complete projects that welcome thousands of visitors—many of them new to our sites—as they seek “refuge at refuges.” This issue will focus on just a few of the many creative projects that Friends have completed recently. For details, click on the articles listed below.

We hope you’ll enjoy the Winter 2022 Edition of The Link:

Read All Of The Stories!

Sincerely,
Sue Hix, Editor
Friends of Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge


Credits

The Winter 2022 version of The Link has been a coordinated effort between the National Wildlife Refuge Association and Coalition of Refuge Friends & Advocates. 

To receive the next issue of The Link, complete the form at the bottom of this page https://www.refugeassociation.org/friends. And please add refugeassociation.org to the safe list for your email account.

You’re invited to join the CORFA Facebook group, a place to connect with other amazing members of the Friends community to share information, insights, and experiences concerning nonprofit governance, management, and advocacy. Go to  https://www.facebook.com/groups/coalitionofrefugefriends/ and request to join this private group.

  • Sue Hix (Editor) – Friends of Sherburne NWR
  • Joan Patterson (Co-editor)—Coalition of Refuge Friends and Advocates 
  • Caroline Brouwer—NWRA VP of Government Affairs 
  • Eden Taylor (designer)— NWRA Communications Associate 
  • Friends Editorial Staff:
    • Cheryl Hart—NWRA Board, Board member of Friends of Tualatin River NWR 
    • Kathy Woodward—Former NWRA Board Member, Board member of Friends of Great Swamp NWR 
    • Jim Stone– NWRA Board, Board member of Friends of the Wichitas

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