Alaska’s ‘Voice’ to Shield Wildlife — The Nationwide Wildlife Refuge Affiliation

Washington D.C.— July twentieth, 2022

In Alaska, there could also be no greater voice than David Raskin with regards to guaranteeing thriving wildlife populations and safety for the locations they name house. For David’s ardour and years of service in his position as co-founder, Buddies of Alaska Nationwide Wildlife Refuges, a gaggle that helps all 16 of Alaska’s nationwide wildlife refuges, he has lately been named the Nationwide Wildlife Refuge Affiliation’s 2022 Refuge Advocate Awardee. 

The Wildlife Refuge Awards dinner will happen on Wednesday, September 14 on the Mayflower Resort in Washington, DC at 6 p.m. Media is welcome to attend and canopy this system.

“David has developed robust relationships with refuge managers and different refuge workers all through Alaska and has efficiently developed many connections with the general public and influencers to assist alleviate threats to refuges,” mentioned Nicole Whittington-Evans, Alaska Program Director, Defenders of Wildlife. “He supplies well timed and pertinent updates to colleagues and companions concerning refuge points and has additionally revealed educated opinion items with key info that helped him and the Buddies change into trusted assets for refuge points.”

A few of David’s main accomplishments embody:

  • Improvement and serving as chair of Buddies of Alaska Nationwide Wildlife Refuges’ Advocacy Committee, influencing programming and insurance policies for Alaska’s refuges.

  • Engagement on the Arctic, Izembek, and Kenai Nationwide Wildlife Refuges.  These refuges have endured many vital and ongoing threats, and the previous few years have been essential for all three.

  • By David’s oral and written feedback, opinion items, Congressional testimony, litigation actions, declarations, volunteer organizing, media communications and different actions, David has considerably contributed to the quite a few wins skilled over time for a lot of of Alaska’s refuges.  These embody repeatedly staving off Arctic Refuge oil and gasoline drilling for a few years and attaining a 12-million-acre wilderness advice for the Arctic Nationwide Wildlife Refuge.


The Nationwide Wildlife Refuge Affiliation is a non-profit completely centered on defending, selling, and enhancing the 850-million-acre Nationwide Wildlife Refuge System, the world’s largest community of lands and waters put aside for wildlife conservation.

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