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On Thursday January 30th, the Center for the Environment had the honor of welcoming Geoffrey Haskett– President of the National Wildlife Refuge Association (NWRA). Geoff gave a presentation titled “Saving our National Refuges” where he spoke about the importance of the NWRA in regards to protecting wildlife refuges across the United States.
Geoff spent over 30 years working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service before moving on to his role in the National Wildlife Refuge Association (NWRA). The National Wildlife Refuge System is a large system of lands that have been set aside for the protection of wildlife. The NWRA is an organization that works to protect and promote these refuges. They work to secure funding for the refuges, and they also hold organizations, such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, accountable for their treatment of these areas. There are over 500 refuges in the United States. From the Arctic Circle National Refuge in Alaska to the Peedee National Wildlife Refuge right here in North Carolina, the wildlife refuge system spans over 150 million acres. Geoff made sure to highlight the importance of supporting these areas, as the biodiversity found within them is too precious to lose.
To learn more about the National Wildlife Refuge Association, click here: https://www.refugeassociation.org/