Conservation is the promise that the children of tomorrow will witness the beauty of today.
— Catherine Wang - 14 year old 2017 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation Message Contest

We are the Friends group for the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge - La Crosse District. The La Crosse District is one of four districts in the 261 mile long  Refuge and encompasses Refuge properties between lock and dam # 6 in Trempealeau and lock and dam # 8 in Genoa. The waters between these dams are Pool 7 and Pool 8.

Our mission is to serve as a bridge between the Refuge and the surrounding communities. We are  dedicated to building awareness, enjoyment and support of the Refuge through; engagement, environmental experiences, education, and habitat enhancement.

We invite you to learn about us and consider joining us in our mission.

"In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we create but by what we refuse to destroy."
- John Sawhill