The National Wildlife Refuge Association (NWRA)
The National Wildlife Refuge System <ul><li>Established in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt </li></ul><ul><li>547 refu...
NWRA <ul><li>Established in 1975 </li></ul><ul><li>Mission Statement: to protect, enhance and expand the National Wildlife...
Refuge Friends Groups <ul><li>Purpose </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enhance communication among Friends groups in order to effecti...
Issues and Threats <ul><li>Invasive species that crowd out native plants, animals, and habitat </li></ul><ul><li>Poor wate...
FYI <ul><li>NWRA recently established a Congressional Refuge Caucus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>138 bi-partisan members of the H...
What did I do? <ul><li>First Day </li></ul><ul><li>Congressional Hearings </li></ul><ul><li>Conference calls </li></ul><ul...
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Internship National Wildlife Refuge Association

  1. 1. The National Wildlife Refuge Association (NWRA)
  2. 2. The National Wildlife Refuge System <ul><li>Established in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt </li></ul><ul><li>547 refuges </li></ul><ul><li>Host more than 40 million visitors annually </li></ul><ul><li>95 million acres </li></ul><ul><li>25% of federal threatened </li></ul><ul><li>and endangered species </li></ul><ul><li>More refuge lands than there are </li></ul><ul><li>National Parks </li></ul>
  3. 3. NWRA <ul><li>Established in 1975 </li></ul><ul><li>Mission Statement: to protect, enhance and expand the National Wildlife Refuge System, lands and waters set aside by the American public to protect our diverse wildlife heritage. </li></ul><ul><li>Office </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Washington, D.C. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Evan Hirsche, President </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Desiree Sorenson-Groves, Vice-President of Government Affairs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mark Hufford, Director of Grassroots Outreach </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Claire Stoker, Communications Associate </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Debbie Harwood, Office Manager </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Refuge Friends Groups <ul><li>Purpose </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enhance communication among Friends groups in order to effectively inform and mobilize support for local and national refuge issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide Friends the tools to build effective relationships with their local and national representatives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Build the NWRA’s capacity as experienced and effective advocates for Friends, refuges and the Refuge System by sustaining its education, outreach and lobbying missions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Advocacy Network </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1 representative per group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 state coordinator </li></ul></ul><ul><li>200+ </li></ul><ul><li>http://refugenet.org/new-general-info/map.html </li></ul>
  5. 5. Issues and Threats <ul><li>Invasive species that crowd out native plants, animals, and habitat </li></ul><ul><li>Poor water quality, water shortages resulting from lost battles over water rights, and eroding water management facilities, all of which harm wetlands </li></ul><ul><li>Encroaching urban sprawl </li></ul><ul><li>Inadequate staffing, facilities, and programs to involve and educate the public about the importance of supporting these places </li></ul>
  6. 6. FYI <ul><li>NWRA recently established a Congressional Refuge Caucus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>138 bi-partisan members of the House </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wildlife Refuge Magazine </li></ul>
  7. 7. What did I do? <ul><li>First Day </li></ul><ul><li>Congressional Hearings </li></ul><ul><li>Conference calls </li></ul><ul><li>Beyond the Boundaries Report </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Border Fence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NC Navy Base </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Duck Stamp Survey </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Savannah Harbor Deepening Project </li></ul><ul><li>Southwest Airlines Proposal </li></ul><ul><li>Izembek Report </li></ul>

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