Conservation Advocacy

NWRA is the leading voice for the National Wildlife Refuge System in Washington, D.C. We work to inform decision makers about legislation and policies that benefit or threaten refuge wildlife and habitat. We strive to ensure the Refuge System has the funding it needs to maintain, improve and expand our wildlife refuges for the benefit of America’s wildlife. We also watch vigilantly for harmful activities on and adjacent to refuges that could undermine the integrity of the Refuge System. In addition, we advocate for other federal conservation programs that help advance the goals of the Refuge System.

Refuge Friends on Capitol Hill in DC
Refuge Friends on Capitol Hill in Washington,D.C.


  • Together with other partners, the NWRA has successfully advocated for hundreds of millions of dollars to manage our national wildlife refuges, assist in damage recovery from natural disasters and slow the spread of invasive species that crowd out native wildlife and habitat.
  • The NWRA–chaired Cooperative Alliance for Refuge Enhancement (CARE) united 22 diverse conservation, sporting and scientific organizations to work together for increased refuge funding and refuge system advocacy on behalf of those groups’ 15 million members.
  • NWRA has trained more than 4,000 citizen advocates and led more than 600 local refuge advocates to Capitol Hill in support of funding increases for the Refuge System.

Get Involved!

We depend on our growing Action Team, comprising thousands of citizens just like you, to help us safeguard wildlife and refuges. Action Team members receive alerts when action is needed and are shown how to communicate their views directly to decision-makers.

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