Kingfisher Discovery Center Project...
The Op-Ed Column
One activity that Friends groups engage in is advocacy. We advocate for our affiliated refuges and for the National Wildlife Refuge System as a whole at the local, state and Federal level. Our refuge system faces many challenges, including: climate change; sea level rise; a large backlog of deferred maintenance; development encroaching on refuge borders; even an armed invasion of a refuge in Oregon.
The most immediate threat, however, is a proposed cut of perhaps as much as 20% in the systems's budget - a budget that has already fallen short of the needs of the system for several years. If the proposed cuts in the President's budget are passed by Congress, our refuges will face dire consequences, including staff reductions, closure of refuges, halting of biological field research, reductions in public programs, and more. The National Wildlife Refuge Association located in DC is leading the fight for a sustainable budget and they have lots of info on their website.
If you are as concerned as I am about the fate of our refuges, please read the documents linked to below, and get involved in the effort to demand that the refuge system be funded at a sustainable level. Join with us by becoming a member, volunteering, or giving money to support this effort. Now, more than ever, the refuges need your help.
Rick Shields, President, FSCWR
Enjoy some images captured on our refuges. Some of the photos were entries in our past photo contests.
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Won't you join us? Now more than ever, with the proposed Refuge System budget calling for dramatic cuts, all of us need to show our support for the irreplaceable national treasure that is our refuge system. Our refuges make up the world's largest system of protected wildlife habitat, and we must guarantee that it survives and thrives as a legacy for our children and their children. Won't you help by joining us now?