Friends of Alaska Refuges hosts activities

Posted: Friday, September 14, 2007

Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges is inviting the public to join the group on Saturday evening for fun, photos and discussion about the future of refuges in the Great Land, as the organization comes together this weekend at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge for its annual meeting.

"Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the conservation of the natural resources of all the Alaska National Wildlife Refuges. The Friends promote understanding and appreciation of these refuges and assist the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in meeting its mandates," said Sharon Baur, Friends vice president.

This weekend's event begins today with a guided walk for Friends members and mentors at the refuge at 1 p.m., followed by a social at Bear's Den Restaurant in Soldotna from 6 to 9 p.m.

On Saturday, Friends members will meet for strategic planning and to discuss topics such as "What we hope to accomplish in this relationship," "Strengths and challenges of your refuge," and "Where do we go from here."

A public presentation is scheduled for Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

"We're hoping people will join us at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge for a free pizza social and a photo presentation 'Wildlife Refuges from Maine to Midway Atoll,'" Baur said.

On Sunday, Friends members will hold their annual business meeting, which will include topics such as an update on the Kenai refuge by refuge manager Robin West, updates from regional refuge representatives, as well as updates on key refuge issues, goals and project planning, and an election of officers.

For more information or to join Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges, visit their Web site at or call (907) 226-2135.

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