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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Does Your Friends Group Have the Right Insurance Coverage?

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Do you and your Board wonder about what kinds of insurance you need and how to assess your risks? Want to know what the Friends Partnership Agreement means by “Indemnifying the Department of Interior”? Some of the most frequently asked questions to NWRA and CORFA are about Friends insurance needs. Below are links to the recording and other materials from and mentioned during the webinar.

A huge thank you to our very knowledgable presenter, Matthew Lokan of Bliss Sequoia Insurance & Risk Advisors.

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Building Relationships That Support Your Mission

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early morning fog along Green River

This webinar his webinar presented by CORFA and NWRA was focused on how to build relationships on Capitol Hill and in your community that support your mission and your refuge or hatchery. We explored who to build those relationships with, what to discuss, when is the best time, why it’s important, and the importance of maintaining these relationships into the future.

A recording of this webinar, the slide deck and resource sheet are on this website under the Resource Center tab.

Photo credit: Tom Koerner/USFWS

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Making Your Website More Accessible & Inclusive

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Webinar on Wednesday, January 19th at 2:00 pm eastern

According to the CDC, about one in four American adults has some type of disability. Some of these disabilities can affect vision, motor skills, and cognitive function – limitations that can fundamentally change the way someone uses the web.

This webinar will help you reach more supporters by increasing the accessibility of your website and broaden the reach of your online content and make it more inclusive for everyone.

Lisa Mayo; Friends of Blackwater NWR board member, Senior Web Accessibility Analyst and Certified Trusted Tester, will discuss:

  • Evaluating the accessibility of your website using the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) checklist, which is used by the federal government to determine accessibility.
  • Testing the accessibility of elements of your website like: page title, keyboard accessibility, page magnification, descriptive link text, link styling, and alternative text.
  • Using helpful tools such as a WCAG checklist, free automated auditing programs, and guidance for social media and multimedia accessibility.
  • How Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 might impact U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s ability to link to Friends’ websites.

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Overview of Updated Friends Policy

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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.

We thank our amazing and knowledgeable presenters:

  • Linda Schnee, USFWS— NWRS, National Friends Program Coordinator
  • Maggie O’Connell, USFWS— NWRS, Branch Chief for Visitor Services

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