What is the Friends of Green River National Wildlife Refuge group and what do they plan to do?

Recently a small group of conservation minded people met to form a “Friends of Green Rive National Wildlife Refuge” group.  The most common questions about this group are:  What are they? Who are they? What do they plan to do?  And, how will they operate?

The group is currently in the processes of becoming fully organized and the appropriate documents have been filed with State of Kentucky and the Internal Revenue Service to operate as a 501C3, on-profit organization.

The group is an organization that wishes to help with the establishment and operation activities of the Green River National Wildlife Refuge in Henderson County, Kentucky.  This has been a project involving both state and federal agencies for over 20 years.  It came to fruition on November 22, 2019; with the formal signing and dedication ceremony of Green River National Wildlife Refuge.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, (USFWS) hopes to purchase up to 24,000 acres from willing sellers, in northeastern Henderson County, Kentucky, along the Ohio and Green Rivers.  This activity will likely take several decades to be completed, as land acquisitions are usually a very slow process with government agencies.

“Friends Groups” at other National Wildlife Refuges help the USFWS by generating funds for acquisition of various supplies and equipment to assist with the development of those wildlife habitat management activities. 

The “Friends of Green River National Wildlife Refuge”, is a group of conservation minded individuals that wish to support acquisitions and resource management activities and quality wildlife dependent recreation for public users.  This will be accomplished by offering supporting memberships of various levels to the “Friends” group.  The “Friends” group plans to host fund raiser events(s) in the future; and, to work with the staff of Green River National Wildlife Refuge to help implement resource management activities.

This group hopes to help build something that will provide wildlife dependent recreational land in Henderson County, Kentucky for the present and future generations.  To find additional information about the group, its meeting summaries and membership information check back at this site or visit us on facebook @friendsgreenriverNWR .