Resources - Refuge Issues

Adding acres to the Refuge System

Short article that discusses the new approaches to refuge land acquisition.

2-page, PDF, 168 KB

Budget timeline for the Refuge System

The budget timeline for the Refuge System has been diagrammed by the National Wildlife Refuge Association.This timeline illustrates the Fish and Wildlife Service and Department of the Interior budget process along with potential Congressional actions.

Burning for Wildlife

One-page PDF about USFWS Fire Management Program

Determining What Activities are Allowable on a Refuge, a Refuge Manager's Meandering

A refuge manager provides insight into allowable uses or activities on national wildlife refuges and compatibility determinations. Is this a 2-page PDF.

Feral Horses

Invasive Species
Feral Horses: A Conundrum of Epic Proportions

2-page, PDF, 6.2 MB

FWS Draft Policy on Donations, Fundraising, and Solicitation

The propose of this draft is to establish a policy that covers U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s procedures for accepting, using, and recognizing donations.

Land Acquisition

National Wildlife Refuge System land acquisition programs.

2-page, Word doc, 64 KB

Meet the National Wildlife Refuge System-Special Places Where Wildlife and People Thrive

Meeting the National Wildlife Refuge System – Special Places Where Wildlife and People Thrive is an outstanding reference that not only recounts the history and guiding principles of the Refuge System but also gives readers a big-picture view of the Refuge System. Volunteers and Friends can easily print portions of the document to recruit new people to support the Refuge System.

North American Waterfowl Management Plan

The North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) has long been a leading model for international bird conservation plans and Secretary Salazar signed a revision NAWMP in 2012.

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Transportation Funding and the Refuge System

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) works closely with the Refuge System and other federal land agencies to build and improve transportation infrastructure to refuges and other federal lands. This short video addresses how the FHWA works.

USFWS Phenology Network

sandhill-crane-chickRefuge Friends groups are being asked to get involved in helping U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the USA National Phenology Network (USA-NPN) in monitoring the phenology of plants, animals, and landscapes throughout the Refuge System.   To find out how Friends can get involved and access education programs go to

Wildlife and Habitat Management

Two-page pdf from USFWS on Wildlife and Habitat Management

Your Duck Stamp Dollars at Work

Duck stamp groupCornell Lab of Ornithology developed a highly informative map to show the every National Wildlife Refuge that has received funding through Stamp dollars. This involves 252 refuges in the lower 48 states. Friends of the Migratory Bird/Duck Stamp have posed the map on their website

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