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About the Friends of the Pawnee National Grassland

What are Friends and why are they so important?

Friends groups are made up of lots of “regular folks” like you and me, we care about a resource and work together to protect it. Our concern for the resource has spurred us into action to organize a Friends group that is dedicated to promoting and perpetuating our resource.

Our Motto

Experience the Pawnee National Grassland today. Sustain it forever

Our Vision Statement

Communicate, educate and conserve a Pawnee National Grassland that enthuses a lifelong reverence and deference to nature

Our Mission Statement

To partner to create opportunities for all people to engage and support the Pawnee National Grassland by:

  • Connecting and Teaching the community on the importance of the Pawnee to the health and economic benefit of our community
  • Activating the community to get involved in the stewardship of the Pawnee
  • Revering the Land put simply the balance between conservation for proper use of nature and the preservation of nature from use
  • Ensuring Legacy by building conservation-minded leaders and informed citizens for the future

Our Brand Values

These values set our behaviors for our every action. We respect and elevate the integrity of the Pawnee’s natural, historical and cultural resources and advocate sustainability for present and future generations:

  • Wonder of the Pawnee National Grassland: We value the diversity and resilience of nature and treasure its beauty. Nature sustains and renews us, provides unexpected moments of joy, and inspires our daily work. We celebrate the wonder of the Pawnee in all we do
  • Passion and Commitment: We are grounded in our beliefs that the health and well being of the Pawnee is the first consideration for any decisions made by this Friends group. We are committed to nature and to people. We share our passion with others to connect people with nature and to inspire everyone to be stewards of the environment
  • People and Community: We care deeply about our colleagues, our partners, our members, and the communities with whom we work. We learn from their experience, expertise, and beliefs, and together we build conservation communities that welcome and respect all people
  • Inspiring Action: We believe that every person can make a positive difference. Through education, personal discovery, and transformational experiences, we foster a conservation ethic in current and future generations
  • Credibility: We bring a collective expertise, sound science, long-term thinking, and community knowledge to solve pressing and important environmental challenges. Our personal and organizational integrity serves as a foundation for our work

Our Brand Positioning Statement

To support partners to become more effective, the new Friends of Pawnee National Grassland group will provide much needed resources and services to help sustain the Pawnee National Grassland for today and tomorrow. Our Friends group is modeled after the National Wildlife Refuge System Friends model which is well known for over 30 years for their achievements and dedication in promoting and perpetuating their local refuges. Our Friends group promises to deliver above and beyond resources and services to propel and sustain the Pawnee National Grassland for future generations.