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What is a Friends Group?

From its start in 1903, the National Wildlife Refuge System has owed its very existence to concerned citizens eager to protect America's natural resources. 

More than 200 nonprofit Refuge Friends organizations support national wildlife refuges, whether they work with a single refuge, a refuge complex or an entire state.  Friends members are crucial to conserving and protecting our nation’s wildlife and teaching millions of Americans that their actions today determine the conservation legacy of tomorrow.  

More than 42,000 people volunteer their time and ideas each year to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Whether they work on the land, in a visitor center or with youth, they contribute to the conservation mission that reaches back more than a century.  Become a volunteer or Refuge Friend to contribute your strength on behalf of America’s natural resources.  

The Friends of West TN Refuges

The Friends of West Tennessee National Wildlife Refuges assists in promoting a better understanding and appreciation of the natural environment of West Tennessee and, in particular, Reelfoot, Lake Isom, Chickasaw, Hatchie and Lower Hatchie National Wildlife Refuges, as well as Sunk Lake Public Use Natural Area.  The Friends Group supports the purposes for which the refuges have been established, their mission statements, and the goals and objectives of each refuge.  The Friends Group produces interpretive and educational materials to increase the understanding of the local West Tennessee environments.  The Group acquires materials, supplies, and/or labor, as well as provides education materials, seminars and financial assistance for students, educators, and others in the general public interested in the natural environment.  

Membership is open to any individual or entity who is approving of the goals of the corportation and who is willing to assist the corporation in its activities.

If you are interested in obtaining more information about the Friends of West Tennessee Refuges or in joining the Friends group, please contact 731-538-2481.

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Pathways Program

If you are a high school or college student, or a recent graduate, who is interested in working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, you need to check out the Pathways Program.