At the July 2021 board meeting, the board reviewed the changes that had been made to the Partnership Agreement that the Fish and Wildlife Service now requires Friends groups to sign in order for their refuges to continue their relationship with Friends.
A motion to sign the revised partnership agreement was approved. The agreement has now been signed by all parties.
Through the combined efforts of the 200+ Friends groups around the nation, the revisions to the original agreement were adequate to address our primary reservations. In summary:
We are happy to report that there were no significant glitches in our operations during the brief dissolution of our formal relationship with our refuge.
We are equally happy to have been part of the solution to this knotty problem that several of us saw as government overreach into the operations of nonprofit Friends groups.