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Mission & Vision

Each year, we set a variety of goals to support of our refuges. Those range from advocating for more support for our refuges to funding bus rides to the refuge for low-income students to hosting special fishing programs. The Friends Group also raises funds for refuge programs by running the store in the Visitor Center, Nature’s Nest, and by hosting an annual fundraising dinner and Silent Auction.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

The Friends of the Front Range Wildlife Refuges (FFRWR) serve as a supporter and advocate for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and provide support for programs and projects intended to enhance refuge management goals.

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of FFRWR is to support and promote the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge in their efforts to conserve and restore native habitat and wildlife, as well as to provide meaningful opportunities for the public to experience wildlife and nature near a major metropolitan area.

VISION STATEMENT

FFRWR envisions native wildlife and habitat maintained in a healthy ecosystem that is rich and diverse and that contributes to the education and recreational enjoyment of people from all walks of life.

Each year, FFRWR set a variety of goals in support of our refuges. Those range from funding bus rides to the refuge for low-income school students to hosting special nature photography tours or fishing programs. Please join us as we work with and for the Refuges we love!

 


 

Dear Friends of the Front Range Wildlife Refuges:

The last few months have been among the most challenging times we have ever faced. We hope that everyone is adjusting to the new reality and staying safe and healthy.

Our brave U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees are adjusting to the new mandates while keeping the visitors and wildlife safe at the refuges. Our wildlife are doing what they do in the spring – giving birth to new, little ones and reminding us that spring and renewal are here.

The refuges are open, although the Visitor Center at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is closed until further notice. One of our most important income sources, the Nature’s Nest store in the Visitor Center, is also closed. In this time of great need, we must rely on generous donors such as yourselves, to provide much-needed resources for the refuges.

We greatly appreciate you remembering the Friends of the Front Range Wildlife Refuges in this time of increased need. Your generous donation will be put to good use, assisting staff with projects, helping with outreach and support, and providing support in a time when the federal government is greatly stretched.

We may be feeling anxious about our health and economy. In these times of stress, our refuges fill a need we all have – to get outside, relax, recharge and know the strengths we derive from nature. We have seen great acts of kindness across the refuges, from children picking up trash to social distancing with smiles while on trails. We believe all the challenges we face will bring us out of this crisis even stronger.

Thank you for your wonderful support now and going forward. We appreciate our generous community of supporters more than you know. We hope you stay well and keep in good spirits over the next weeks. And we hope to see you soon – 6 feet away – at the refuges.

Sincerely,
Board of Directors, Friends of the Front Range Wildlife Refuges