About the Friends


The Friends of the Heinz Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum is a 501(c)(3), non-profit cooperating association founded in 1997 to assist the United States Fish & Wildlife Service in carrying out its educational, interpretive, and public use missions.

Our mission is three-fold:
  • To assist the Fish & Wildlife Service in carrying out the mandates of the refuge enabling legislation;
  • To promote public understanding of and support for the environment; and
  • To establish, maintain, and expand public support for the refuge.

FOHR is working daily to meet a mighty challenge. The upkeep of all public lands, including the Heinz Refuge, is woefully underfunded in the federal budget. This lack of sufficient funding, coupled with natural disasters, has resulted in the decline or outright loss of habitat, difficulty in dealing with invasive species, and a shinking ability to harbor threatened and endangered species. Friends of Heinz Refuge achievements and goals are outlined in our annual reports, presented during our annual membership meetings each October. Click here to read our 2013 Annual Report. Click here to read our 2012 Annual Report. Click here to read our 2011 Annual Report.

FOHR is but a small part of a nationwide network of “Friends” serving 530 National Wildlife Refuges. We take our job seriously, working hand-in-hand with refuge staff, and taking up the slack wherever possible.

Our many ongoing tasks include: working on trail construction and maintenance, removing invasive species, leading guided walks for the public, facilitating special events, assisting with educational programs, and raising funds for projects and programs that the federal budget fails to cover.

FOHR thanks the following photographers for permission to use their photos on this site:

Mark Bohn
Bill Buchanan
Ned Connelly
Jean Diehl
Frank Doyle
Ron Holmes
Hank Hox
Christian Hunold
Craig Lewis
Frank Miles
Bill Moses
Rod Taylor
Michael Woodruff

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