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The pristine hill country habitat and native wildlife found on the refuge need people to speak up for them. Can you be the voice for the refuge?

Friends of Balcones works hand in hand with the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge to protect wildlife and defend the refuge from harm. Our collective impact is made stronger through participation of individuals like you. Sign up for our quarterly newsletter here or revisit this page to learn more about actions you can take to protect the land, water and wildlife in and around the refuge.


There are three main issues the Friends of Balcones will always advocate for:

    • Adequate federal funding of the National Wildlife Refuge System;
    • Preservation and protection of undeveloped lands in the hill country, and;
    • Acquisition of pristine habitat for our native Texas bird the golden-cheeked warbler


Submit a letter to the U.S Senate by June 10, 2022 to help secure adequate funding for the National Wildlife Refuge System!

The vast majority of funding for the National Wildlife Refuge System comes from the Congressional appropriations process. Unfortunately, the Refuge System's budget has not adequately risen over the last 10 years to meet the demands of staffing and maintenance needs required to protect the incredibly rich and diverse wildlife habitat of each unit. In fact, since 2010, the Refuge System has lost 25% of staff.

Therefore, we need people like you to help support the Refuge System by submitting a letter to the Senate requesting an increase in funding for the Refuge Systems to $712 million for fiscal year 2023. 

Click HERE to learn more from the National Refuge Association on how to submit a letter and some key talking points. 

Your help is greatly appreciated!


About Us

The Friends of Balcones Canyonlands NWR is a 501(c)(3) organization whose primary purpose is to support the mission of the Refuge in restoring and protecting the habitat. The Friends are committed to building a diverse, vibrant community that appreciates, supports, and connects with nature in a meaningful way.

Become a Member

Join the Friends in protecting the wildlife and habitat, and supporting the mission of the Refuge. Start by taking a hike or  attending an event, by watching the seasons change through what’s blooming, or by just watching a hawk soar, or even just sitting still and listening to the songbirds sing. You can have a positive impact. Come find your refuge at the Refuge and join the fun!

Find Us

Mailing Address:

PO Box 4678

Lago Vista, TX 78645

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