The Flyer E-Newsletter: March 2015 » National Wildlife Refuge Association



March 18 is Public Witness Day. Hosted by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, Public Witness Day is an opportunity for Americans from all over the nation to speak to decision-makers about funding priorities for natural resources. This year, the Refuge Association, along with three individuals representing Friends groups are testifying on behalf of the Refuge System. They are Bill Durkin of Friends of Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Maine, Daniel Price of Friends of Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge in Washington, and Mary Dolven of Friends of Camas National Wildlife Refuge in Idaho.

Public Witness Day gives American citizens the opportunity to come to Washington to request funding for programs they consider a priority, such as public lands, the arts, and Native American issues. It is democracy in action, giving organizations and individuals the ability to speak directly to the lawmakers who write the funding bills for all programs within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as well as numerous other natural resource agencies. Any American citizen may submit testimony and apply to testify in person. The Refuge Association and several Friends groups have submitted testimony and while the opportunity to testify is March 18th, organizations still have until March 25th to submit written comments to the House and until April 30th to submit written comments to the Senate.