ABOUT US

Friends of the Carr Refuge (FOCR)
The Friends of the Carr Refuge is a non-profit organization dedicated to provide resources to meet the needs of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge where funding and assistance is not otherwise available.

Mission Statement:
To conserve the world class sea turtle nesting beaches of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge (ACNWR) and the unique natural, cultural, and recreational values of the fragile barrier island ecosystem, the Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean.

Mission Strategy
FOCR will accomplish its mission through promotion and support of:
Ecologically sound and mission-driven refuge management by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and refuge stakeholders.
Scientific research excellence
The historic partnership between USFWS and the University of Central Florida (UCF) Marine Turtle Research Team
Effective communication of refuge values at local, state, and national levels
Promotion of local community involvement through education and volunteer initiatives.

What We Do
Support US Fish and Wildlife Service Management of ACNWR
There is no federal budget designated specifically for the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge is part of the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge Complex along with the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge and the Lake Wales Ridge National Wildlife Refuge. In addition, an overall reduction in Federal funding has caused a severe reduction in both staffing and maintenance for the Complex. Some critical needs can be met by volunteers and philanthropic activities. Experience and guidance to assure the continuity and principles of wildlife management must be provided by FWS leadership to efficiently and effectively manage wildlife, public lands, and public safety of our refuge visitors.


Our Mission Statement:  “To promote the conservation of sea turtles and natural resources of the Archie Carr NWR and engage in such educational, scientific partnership and civic activities as will support the mission of the refuge.”

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