Press Releases


5/8/19 Former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Leaders Respond to Alaska Governor’s Letter

3/20/19 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service begins removal of Cambalache Dam to aid conservation of Río Grande de Arecibo

3/18/19 National Elk Refuge Lawsuit Release

2/14/19 Significant Proposed Increase for Refuge System – Other Core Programs Slashed

02/08/19 Refuge Association Recognizes Passing of Conservation Legend, John Dingell

02/04/19 Jackie Ferrier Named 2019 National Wildlife Refuge System Refuge Manager of the Year

02/04/19 Harold Fairfield II named the 2019 National Wildlife Refuge System Volunteer of the Year

02/04/19 Eric S. Johnson Named 2019 National Wildlife Refuge System Employee of the Year

02/04/19 Allen Williams Named 2019 National Wildlife Refuge System Advocate of the Year

02/04/19 Friends of Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge Named 2019 Molly Krival National Wildlife Refuge System Friends Group of the Year


11/19/18 Desiree Sorenson-Groves Presented with Cal Lensink Advocacy Champion Award

8/13/18 House Committee Moves Important Refuge System Bills

7/25/18 National Wildlife Refuge Association Commends Bi-Partisan Bill to Address Refuge System Backlog

5/22/18 James W. Kurth Presented with Theodore Roosevelt Lifetime Achievement Award

5/11/18 Steve Thompson Receives Lifetime Achievement Award From The National Wildlife Refuge Association

4/24/18 President Signs the ‘Keep America’s Refuges Operational Act’ into Law

4/20/18 President Releases Plan to Drill the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

3/21/18 Conservation Leaders Recognized with 2018 National Wildlife Refuge System Awards

2/13/18 Refuge Association Applauds Desperately Needed Emergency Funding in Budget Deal

1/31/18 Refuge Association Joins Lawsuit to Stop Illegal Land Exchange at Izembek Refuge

1/22/18 Amidst Shutdown Chaos, Trump Administration Gives Away Public Land in Alaska


12/20/17 Congress Shamefully Opens Arctic Refuge to Oil & Gas Drilling

9/16/17 Trump Administration Secretly Pushing Illegal Oil Exploration in the Arctic Refuge

7/18/17 House Takes First Step to Open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to Drilling

7/13/17 House Interior Appropriations Bill Keeps Refuge System Funding Flat for Fiscal Year 2018

7/7/17 Mike Bryant Joins the Refuge Association as the New NC and SC Regional Representative

5/31/17 Geoffrey Haskett Named President of the National Wildlife Refuge Association

5/23/17 President Donald Trump Proposes Opening Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to Oil and Gas Drilling, Cuts to the National Wildlife Refuge System

5/23/17 National Wildlife Refuge Friends Organizations Oppose Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

4/5/17 Refuge Friends Voices Not Allowed to be Heard by Congress in Rare Objection during Hearing on Refuge Bills

4/5/17 Bipartisan Group of Senators Releases Bill to Reauthorize Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program

4/5/17 Conservation Leaders Recognized with 2017 Refuge System Awards

4/5/17 National Wildlife Refuge Association and 100 Friends Groups Stand Together to Oppose H.R. 218 and H.R. 1157

3/21/17 March Madness on the Hill – Senate Votes to Allow Unsportsmanlike Conduct on Alaskan National Wildlife Refuges

3/16/17 In Wake of Refuge System’s 114th Birthday – Little to Celebrate

3/1/17 National Wildlife Refuge Association Welcomes Ryan Zinke as the Next Secretary of the Interior

2/17/17 National Wildlife Refuge Association Condemns Introduction of Bill to Adjust Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge Boundary

1/24/17 National Wildlife Refuge Association Names Haskett and Musaus as Acting President and Chief Operating Officer


12/2/16 Chad Karges Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award at Department of the Interior

11/18/16 Fernando Núñez-García hired as Caribbean Conservation Coordinator

10/28/16 National Wildlife Refuge Association Concerned About Safety of Refuge Staff After Acquittal of Bundy Brothers and Armed Occupiers from Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

9/15/16 Refuge Association Applauds Creation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument

8/26/16 Refuge Association Praises Expansion of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

7/15/16 Interior Budget Bill Loaded with Riders Targeting the National Wildlife Refuge System Passes the House

6/29/16 Friends of Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge Accepts 2016 Molly Krival Friends Group of the Year Award

6/28/16 Bear River Watershed Conservation Area Established as 565th Unit of the Refuge System

6/16/16 Joy Blackwood Hired as Urban Wildlife Refuge Program Manager

6/8/16 Joe McCauley Hired as New Regional Representative, Region Five

5/26/16 New Slate of Officers Joins National Wildlife Refuge Association Board of Directors

5/19/16 Vieques Land Transfer Removed From Debt Deal

5/16/16 Conservation Groups Oppose Vieques Land Transfer in Debt Deal

3/24/16 Florida Dignitaries Help Celebrate Everglades Headwaters Conservation Easements

2/19/16 Important Conservation Easements Established in Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area

2/17/16 Conservation Leaders Recognized With 2016 Refuge System Awards

2/11/16 Malheur Occupation Ends

2/4/16 President Calls for Full Funding of Land and Water Conservation Fund

1/8/16 An Open Letter to the American People About the Events at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge


12/17/15 National Wildlife Refuge Association Announces 2015 Photo Contest Winners

12/15/15 Land and Water Conservation Fund Reauthorized for Three Years & Proposed Road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge Rejected

12/2/15 Senators Michael Bennet and Ed Markey Introduce Arctic Refuge Wilderness Bill

11/23/15 CASE, National Wildlife Refuge Association, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Team Rubicon Partner for Operator Training and Erosion Abatement at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

10/15/15 Groups Team-up To Mobilize Wildlife Refuge Supporters Nationwide to Protect the Arctic

9/8/15 Federal Judge Rules to Protect Izembek Wilderness

5/11/15: Cynthia Martinez Named New Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System

3/24/15: CARE Releases Report that Highlights Top Recreational Activities on National Wildlife Refuges

3/9/15: Caroline Brouwer Hired as New Director of Government Affairs

2/25/15: National Wildlife Refuge Association Releases 2015 Legislative Priorities for America’s Wildlife and the National Wildlife Refuge System

2/2/15: National Wildlife Refuge Association Applauds President’s FY2016 Budget Request

1/30/15: Julie Morris Hired as New Conservation Program Manager, Florida and the Gulf Coast

1/30/15: Rick Schultz Hired as New Regional Representative, Midwest Region

1/25/15: Obama Administration Announces That The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Receives New Protections

1/7/15: Jim Kurth Chosen as New Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

12/12/14: Omnibus Spending Bill Includes Budget Increase for Refuge System.

10/24/14: Mark Musaus Appointed Regional Representative for the Southeast Region.

09/25/14: Refuge Association Praises Expansion of Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument.

08/14/14: Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island Honored by the Cooperative Alliance for Refuge Enhancement.

07/02/14: The National Wildlife Refuge Association Hires Mike Boylan as Regional Representative for Region 7.

06/24/14: CARE Releases “America’s National Wildlife Refuges: Home for Wildlife, Haven for Wildlife Enthusiasts”

05/02/14: Jared Brandwein Hired as New Director of Conservation Programs

03/04/14: Ron Cole Hired as New Conservation Programs Western Program Manager

02/05/14: Conservation Leaders Honored with Refuge System Awards.

11/20/13: TRCP Joins CARE Coalition to Advocate for Refuge Funding, Improvement

11/5/13: Banking on Nature Report Released by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

10/23/13: Christine Dorsey McGowan Hired as New Director of Strategic Communications

5/20/13: Steve Jester Hired as First Executive Director of Partners for Conservation

4/11/13: NWRA Welcomes Sally Jewell as the Next Secretary of the Interior

4/11/13: NWRA Applauds President’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request

2/13/13: Conservation Leaders Honored with 2013 Refuge System Awards

2/6/13: NWRA Applauds Nomination of Sally Jewell as Secretary of the Interior

2/5/13: NWRA and Friends of Alaska Refuges Hail Decision to Kill the “Road to Nowhere” Through Izembek NWR

1/17/13: NWRA Thanks Interior Secretary Ken Salazar for Outstanding Contribution to Wildlife and the American People

12/17/12: National Wildlife Refuge Association Announces Photo Contest Winners

10/31/12: Houghton Welcomed as New NWRA President

9/25/12: NWRA Launches “We’re There for You” Combined Federal Campaign

7/13/12: NWRA Applauds Northern Everglades Funding

6/20/12: NWRA’s Board of Directors welcomes new members; elects new Chair

3/16/12: Izembek “Road to Nowhere” Back in Spotlight: New Draft Environmental Review Confirms Proposed Road is a Bad Idea

2/29/12: $30,000 donation kicks off NWRA Northern Everglades Fundraising Challenge

2/15/12: Moving the Conservation Needle: NWRA applauds Administration’s Budget for National Wildlife Refuge System and vital Fish and Wildlife Service programs

2/2/12: Conservation Leaders Honored with 2012 Refuge System Awards

1/18/12: New Headwaters Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area Will Help Sustain Ranching, Increase Hunting, Fishing Opportunities in Everglades

12/19/11: NWRA Launches Updated Website; Features Blogs, Enhanced Wildlife Sections, Easier Access to Group’s Social Media Sites

11/1/11: Duck Stamp Vital to Nation’s Refuges

10/14/11: Study Shows Wildlife Refuges, Outdoor Pursuits Provide Jobs and Trillion Dollar Boost to U.S. Economy

10/7/11: Diverse Wildlife, Conservation, Sporting Coalition Applauds Senate’s Recognition of National Wildlife Refuges and Their Economic and Recreation Value

5/12/11: Budget Cuts Threaten Refuges and the Communities that Depend on Them

4/20/11: Press Statement: Don’t Wait for the Next Crisis to Save the Gulf

3/7/11: Top 10 Things Congress Should Do To Protect Wildlife

1/17/11: Refuge Association Applauds President’s America’s Great Outdoors Report

1/7/11: Refuge Association Praises Salazar for Everglades Initiative

12/21/10: NWRA Applauds Congress for Supporting Wildlife Refuge Friends and Volunteers

12/7/10: NWRA Applauds Nomination of Dan Ashe as Director of Fish & Wildlife Service

12/6/10: Statement on the 50th Anniversary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

10/19/10: National Wildlife Refuge Association Announces Photo Contest Winners

10/18/10: Southwest Airlines Announces $100,000 Donation to National Wildlife Refuge Association

10/10/10: NWRA Statement on National Wildlife Refuge Week

9/24/10: Diverse Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Coalition Applauds Senate’s Recognition of National Wildlife Refuges & Their Economic and Recreation Value

9/21/10: Southwest Airlines and National Wildlife Refuge Association Partner to Help Wildlife Recovery in the Gulf

7/28/10: Government and Nonprofit Partners Complete Significant Agreement to Protect Critical Manatee Habitat on Florida’s Gulf Coast

5/27/10: On Birthday of ‘Silent Spring’ Author, Wildlife Again in Danger

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