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Statement of Purpose

The Friends are people like you who love Caddo Lake and recognize the importance and value of the Caddo Lake NWR as habitat for migratory birds and other native wildlife and plants.

The purpose of the Friends Group is to promote awareness and appreciation of the National Wildlife Refuge System. In particular, Friends take care of outreach, special events, and operating needs for which the US Fish & Wildlife Service may not be budgeted.

The mission of the Friends Group is to work with the community to educate, conserve, protect, and enhance native fish and wildlife habitats within the Caddo Lake NWR for the continuing benefit of the American people.

We are committed to helping the Service maintain and improve the refuge for the enjoyment and benefit of all -- and ensuring that this irreplaceable ecological treasure is here for future generations.

Click here to see a copy of the Friends Bylaws as revised on 07/26/2008.

Click here to see a copy of the Friends IRS Determination Letter dated 09/17/2007.

Click here to see a copy of the Friends Sales Tex Exemption Certificate.

Friends Accomplishments

Educational Outreach

Healthy Habitats at Caddo Lake
Over 2000 local children served during 2010-2011 school year by Friends volunteers and staff funded by the CO-OP grant program at Texas Parks &Wildlife Department.
      • Ages 3-7 (grades pre-K through 2): Growing Up Wild
      • Ages 8-12 (grades 3 through 6): Junior Master Gardener
      • Ages 13-14 (grades 7 & 8): Water quality monitoring
      • Ages 15-19 (high school): Invasive species/native plants
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Special Events
       • Gone Fishing
       • National Public Lands Day observations
       • Free & WILD AT Caddo Lake
       • Ding Darling Exhibit at Michelson Museum
       • Cinco de Mayo (Marshall)
       • World Wetland Day events
       • Earth Day Dallas

Development of visitation assets and features
       • Visitor Center & store
       • Nature observation trails
       • Bird blinds
       • Waypoint stopover for paddling trail
       • Scouting use area

Spotlight on Volunteers

Vanessa Adams, Area Biologist at the Caddo Lake Wildlife Management Area, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, is a leading proponent of Healthy Habitats curriculum and has donated many hours to its skillful delivery. In additional to providing expert advice and instruction, she sponsor’s one of our most active volunteer organizations, the Cypress Basin Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists.

Vanessa Adams marking new paddle trails at Caddo Lake in February 2012

Connecting with her interest in non-native invasive species, she is leader for the Cypress Basin Invaders, Invaders of Texas Citizen Scientist Program, which constitutes the bulk of our high school project.

“Invaders of Texas is about non-native invasive species; their monitoring and control and educating the public about the harm they cause our natural, native landscapes. My research interests include most anything that involves non-native invasive plant and animal species,” she recently explained.