From its start in 1903, the National Wildlife Refuge System has owed its very existence to concerned citizens eager to protect America’s natural resources. Today, Friends organizations serve a crucial role to the collective mission of the Refuge System and in conserving and protecting land and wildlife of this great nation. They are also essential to motivating a new generation of conservationists and helping millions of Americans understand that their actions today determine the legacy we leave for tomorrow.

The Friends of Attwater Prairie Chicken Refuge is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. We support the Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) in a variety of ways including, but not limited, to providing outreach and education programs, supporting Refuge operating activities, fundraising for recovery efforts and projects, advocating for Attwater prairie-chicken (APC) recovery and prairie conservation/restoration, maintaining and growing membership, sponsoring annual festivals and events, and conducting tours.

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to support the purpose and objectives of Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR and promote the recovery of the Attwater’s prairie-chicken and the Texas native coastal prairie ecosystem for this and future generations.


Our vision is to recover the Attwater’s prairie-chicken and restore and preserve the coastal prairie ecosystem for the benefit of all species.

Core Values – APC (Achievement, Perseverance, Collaboration)

Our core values form the foundation that upholds our mission-driven organization. They guide our individual and collective actions in all efforts and activities, both in principle and practice.

Purposefulness & Goal-orientedDedication & ResilienceInspiration, Respect, Openness
Achievement is about more than finding success at the end of a road; it is about continuing the journey, seeking opportunities, embracing challenges, and constantly pushing to be better. We define our course with purposefulness and set goals we hold ourselves accountable for achieving. These achievements create lasting value, are central to our success, and we celebrate themOur dedication to our mission drives a can-do attitude. Our actions are defined by high intention, sincere effort and skillful execution. We keep at a task or skill until it is accomplished. And our resilience endures us; we learn as we grow and when we fall, we bounce right back. We constantly strive to be our new best.Our efforts and mission would not be achievable without the spirit of partnership and the communities who partner with us. We are inspired by these communities and their efforts and hope to inspire them with ours. We share our learning with those committed to similar objectives and seek to forge appropriate partnerships when goals/values are aligned. We regard every person as an equal and will treat him/her with integrity and respect. And we communicate openly, honestly, and with kindness to all.

Board of Directors:

Eliot Tucker – President
Sneed Adams – Vice President
Diana Kies – Secretary
Jane Meldahl – Treasurer
Scott Forbes – Past President
Terry Rossignol
Joe Sherfy
Nancy Penny
Charlie Winker
John Myers
Brian Piercy

Board of Advisors

Bill Cain
Gary Clark
Victor Emanuel
Mavis Kelsey
John Magera (Scientific Advisor)
Mike Morrow (Scientific Advisor)
Gary Stephens (Scientific Advisor)
David Todd

Friends of Attwater Prairie Chicken Refuge
P.O. Box 212
Eagle Lake, Texas 77434
Email: [email protected]