One of NWRA’s hightest priorities is securing adequate funding for wildlife conservation programs. National wildlife refuges have been underfunded since President Theodore Roosevelt created the first refuge in 1903 and Congress refused to appropriate money to manage it. Without adequate funding, habitats are not restored, invasive species are left unchecked, poaching and other illegal activities occur and our nation’s wildlife suffers. NWRA is committed to ensuring our nation’s wildlife conservation programs have the resources they need so future generations can enjoy our wildlife legacy.
Coping with challenges such as invasive species, climate change, pollution, encroachment from urbanization and even crime pose some of the many challenges to Refuge System budgets. NWRA, the Cooperative Alliance for Refuge Enhancement (CARE) and Refuge Friends groups are working hard to ensure funding for important wildlife conservation programs like the Refuge System.
One of the top priorities of the National Wildlife Refuge System is safeguarding habitat. Land conservation programs such as the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Duck Stamp) program are key to providing wild creatures the homes they need to survive and thrive.
The health of the National Wildlife Refuge System depends on more than direct funding for operations and maintenance. Other federal conservation funding programs within the Department of Interior, Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense and Commerce Department offer potential benefits to the integrity of our national wildlife refuges. NWRA advocates for these other conservation programs as they strengthen the resiliency of the Refuge System.