September 7th, 2011
CNN has discovered the Refuge System and Friends thanks to the Friends of Great Swamp NWR in New Jersey!
CNN has created a video addressing the impacts of budget cuts on the Refuge System and what Friends are doing to raise revenue.
With serious federal budget cuts for our refuges on the horizon, the need to recruit and train additional volunteers is more pressing than ever! Volunteers and Refuge Friends do approximately 20% of all work on national wildlife refuges – the equivalent of 648 full time employees and worth more than $28 million!
Refuge Friends Groups around the country are using their own resources to maintain our National Wildlife Refuge System. Watch this video where Evan Hirsche, NWRA President, talks about the importance of supporting our refuges and the NWRA Refuge Friends Program. To view the video, go to http://www.facebook.com/RefugeAssociation.