The Mission of Friends of Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge is to support the development and management of Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Complex. We are dedicated to restoring and protecting Refuge habitats as well as providing wildlife education and recreation.
Friends of the Refuge (FOR) is capitalizing on the uncommon opportunity presented by the presence of a national wildlife refuge in an urban area. Having a highly functioning natural area in the midst of an urban setting improves the quality of life for all the region’s residents. The Friends see this as an incredible opportunity for local residents, students and visitors to observe wildlife without driving very far, if at all, since the Refuge is serviced by a TriMet Public Transportation stop at its gate. The Friends aspire to make the Refuge an iconic urban refuge of the National Wildlife Refuge System, as well as an icon of the Metropolitan Portland area green spaces.
Within this vision, the Friends support the development of Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge and its programs in partnership with the USFWS, advocating for the addition of lands under Refuge management within the acquisition boundary and for the expansion of Refuge educational and restoration programs commensurate with growth in organizational capacity. The Friends envision the Refuge as a destination for visitors from across the country and the world and, indeed, as a model for the entire National Wildlife Refuge System.
The Friends will continue to build a large cadre of members, supporters, donors and volunteers who are committed to growing, restoring, protecting and educating the public about the Refuge’s multiple units in Sherwood and Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Such supporters and advocates will be organized by a growing number of volunteers as well as a small but growing staff. The Friends envision an organization of 1000 members by 2020.