Welcome to Conserving the Future

Welcome to Conserving the Future: Wildlife Refuges and the Next Generation

Welcome to Conserving the Future: Wildlife Refuges and the Next Generation

This video is from americaswildlife.org – “Conserving the Future, Wildlife Refuges & the Next Generation”.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Wildlife Refuge Association are spearheading a public engagement effort to shape a new vision for wildlife conservation and the National Wildlife Refuge System. There are 553 wildlife refuges – at least one in every state and territory in the U.S. Together these refuges comprise the National Wildlife Refuge System, providing 150 million acres of habitat for more than 750 animal and plant species. Strengthening the wildlife refuge system and protecting these special places for the enjoyment of current and future generations of Americans is critical.

Vision: We are caring stewards of the world’s premier system of lands and waters dedicated to the conservation of fish, wildlife, plants, and the healthy, resilient habitats that sustain them. We will continue to be leaders in fish and wildlife conservation, who are known and trusted for scientific excellence, professionalism and commitment to partnerships and public service.

About North Carolina Wild Life Federation: The North Carolina Wildlife Federation is a state chapter of the larger National Wildlife Federation. Most of the states that make up the United States of America, have a local, state chapter of the National Wildlife Federation and each is unique in supporting the natural ecosystems and diversity of their specific region of our country. The North Carolina Wildlife Federation is one of North Carolina’s most effective organizations dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and wildlife habitats. With more than 60 years of experience, NCWF brings together the concerns of every North Carolinian who loves wildlife and wild places and the many ways to enjoy them. Our work is science-based. We create consensus by engaging government, industry and the public in efforts to protect North Carolina’s wildlife resources.

About Ernie McLaney: Ernie McLaney, a Charlotte, North Carolina (USA) native. He serves on the following community organizations:

• Stewardship Advisory Committee for Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation; to know more click here.

• He is a board member with Sustain Charlotte; to know more click here.

• Serves on the board for Journey Toward Sustainability; to know more click here.

• Serves on the Leadership Team as vice president for HAWK (Habitat and Wildlife Keepers), a subchapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation. He is also an active Certified Habitat Steward with the National Wildlife Federation. To know more click here.

• Chairs the Educational Committee for “Charlotte; Clean and Green”

• Planning Committee for the 2012 North Carolina Science Festival through Charlotte’s Discovery Place.

• Ernie helped to create CREN (Charlotte Regional Environmental Network), linking numerous environmental related organizations together in order to share information through networking, strengthen the region’s focus and advocacy related to sustainability, preserving our natural resources, and to educate local and state decision makers.

Ernie has a life-long connection to the natural world from spending his youth in neighborhood woods, and summers on Lake Wylie, and has a strong passion for connecting today’s youth to the wonders of nature; “they are the future stewards of this planet”. He is a Habitat Steward, certified by the National Wildlife Federation. His children, Melissa and Christopher understand and support the human connection with nature. Ernie enjoys the great outdoors through hiking, kayaking, birding, visiting area nature preserves, working in and talking about his backyard wildlife habitat, and traveling with his wife, Debbie.

Author: Ernie McLaney

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