NWRA’s newly released annual report is hot off the presses! The report highlights the organization’s successes for the past fiscal year, from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011.
A few standout achievements of the past year are:
- Advancing a new vision for the Refuge System: NWRA was the primary partner for public engagement in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s yearlong effort to craft a blueprint for the NWRS for the next decade and beyond.
- Helping the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of the BP Oil Spill: Our Gulf Oil Spill Relief Fund provided the Friends of the Bon Secour NWR on the Alabama coast grants to support restoration of coastal habitats and significantly enhance knowledge of sea turtles to help ensure their long-term survival.
- Developing an Initiative to save endangered Florida Panthers: NWRA worked intensively with partners to develop the Greater Everglades Partnership Initiative to protect the headwaters region just south of Orlando down to Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge and the southern Everglades. This area includes a network of wetlands, cattle ranches and habitat for more than 30 threatened and endangered species—including the Florida panther.
- Connecting Citizens with Congress: NWRA generated over 3,000 messages to Congress from private citizens (you!) about important issues from protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from drilling to protecting Refuge System funding and everything in between.
- Supporting Refuge Friends groups: NWRA provided training and capacity building for Refuge Friends groups throughout the country, and organized dozens of Refuge Friends visits with decision-makers both in Washington and in their states and districts.
The cover of the report features an elegant painted bunting photographed by Mack Barham at Black Bayou NWR.
What else makes NWRA one of the most effective wildlife conservation organizations in America? Download our beautiful annual report.