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Members Reception

On Thursday, March 15, 2018, the Friends of the Front Range Wildlife Refuges held their first in a series of receptions.

The theme of the speakers series is the past, present and future of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. The FFRWR wish to introduce the Refuge to thousands of new neighbors and share what the Friends of the Front Range Wildlife Refuges, a nonprofit organization, does for the Refuges.

At our reception in May, David Lucas, Refuge Manager for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, introduced the Refuge and its inhabitants. He summarized the recreational and educational opportunities on this federally protected 27-square mile wildlife habitat.

Kip Cheroutes told the history of how the Refuge came to be. As staff aide to U.S. Rep. Patricia Schroeder from 1978 – 1994, he with many others, guided the transformation of the land from a U.S. Army arsenal to a wildlife refuge. The visitors center is named in Rep Schroeder’s honor.

Our next speaker will discuss remediation on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Visitor Center, RMANWR, from 10:00 to Noon. Please come for the speaker and to hear more about membership in FFRWR at our annual membership meeting.

The third event, on Thursday September 6, 2018, will conclude with reflections by State Historian Patricia Limerick of the University of Colorado’s Center for The New West. She will share her appreciation for the legacy of Colorado’s high plains that Stapleton and the Refuge share.

For more information, contact Board Member Kip Cheroutes at