Archive for the ‘San Diego NWR’ Category

January 11th, 2019

[Sign-On] Let’s re-open the National Wildlife Refuge System


Dear Refuge Friends,

There will be a joint oversight hearing next Tuesday, January 15th, at 11:00 ET, regarding the government shutdown and its impacts on public lands. The hearing will be conducted jointly with the Appropriations Committee and the House Natural Resources Committee.

We would like to enter a letter for the record addressed to House and Senate Leadership from refuge Friends nationwide calling upon Congress to pass FY19 appropriations bills and open our National Wildlife Refuge System, thereby allowing public access, refuge staff to be paid and critical habitat work to resume. It is already likely that much field work that should occur this spring and summer may not happen due to an inability to get everything in order now.
To join the letter, please use our google sign on form here.
And don’t worry if more than one person from your Friends group signs the letter, we will remove any duplicates.


Thank you,

Desireé Sorenson-Groves

National Wildlife Association

Vice President, Government Affairs

January 8th, 2019

Government Shutdown Impacts FWS National Wildlife Refuges

Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor’s sole risk. Please read this important message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at

The Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center and the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve are not affected for visitors.

March 21st, 2018

Victoria Touchstone Named the 2018 National Wildlife Refuge System Employee of the Year

Victoria Touchstone Named the 2018 National Wildlife Refuge System
Employee of the Year
March 21, 2018

Washington, D.C.​ The National Wildlife Refuge Association has named Victoria Touchstone as our 2018 National Wildlife Refuge System Employee of the Year. Ms. Touchstone is a Refuge Planner for the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Complex in southern California, and has developed and implemented critical projects that have not only benefited wildlife populations,but also created greater public access for the community.

In her sixteen years with the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Ms. Touchstone has completed multiple major habitat restoration projects, has drafted and finalized four major Comprehensive Conservations Plans for four different refuges, and expanded public access. “Ms. Touchstone’s personal dedication to conserving habitats and protecting wildlife at the San Diego Refuge Complex exemplifies her commitment to her community and to the National Wildlife Refuge System,” said Geoffrey Haskett, President of the National Wildlife Refuge Association. “But her commitment to wildlife conservation extends beyond her role with the Refuge System as she rescues wildlife and uses her backyard as a refuge.”


December 12th, 2017

Hike ‘n Help YOUR SD National Wildlife Refuge

Hike ‘n Help
SD National Wildlife Refuge

(photo San Diego Reader)

Saturday, December 16, 2017 9am-12pm:
SDNWR Hike ‘n Help

Join EDI and the US Fish and Wildlife Service this Saturday (FWS) for a hike to learn about the habitat, then lend a hand to help with a current restoration project. In partnership with the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Program and the California Coastal Conservancy, EDI and FWS are removing weeds and installing native plants along the Sweetwater River. Refuge Manager Jill Terp will walk you through the project area, share info about the creatures and habitats that will benefit, then we’ll rake to remove dry non-native grasses from some of the planting areas. Wear a hat, suncreen and long pants. Bring a water bottle. Water, drinks, and snacks will be provided. 
Follow  Millar Ranch Road south from Campo Road in Ranch San Diego for .2 (2/10) mile to gate on right. Turn in at gate and you will be directed to parking.

Please RSVP! 619-654-3793 or

July 20th, 2017

Refuges in the spotlight

Our San Diego Refuges are highlighted in the California Refuges spotlight on the FWS home page here.

Also, here is a promo video featuring our refuges:

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