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§ 742f–1.
National Volunteer Coordination Program
(1)
In general
Subject to the availability of appropriations, and in conformance with the strategy developed under paragraph (2) and consistent with the authorities regarding gifts, volunteer services, community partnerships, and refuge education enhancement under section 742f of this title, the Secretary of the Interior, through the Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, shall carry out a National Volunteer Coordination Program within the National Wildlife Refuge System to—
(A)
augment and support the capabilities and efforts of Federal employees to implement resource management, conservation, and public education programs and activities across the National Wildlife Refuge System;
(B)
provide meaningful opportunities for volunteers to support the resource management, conservation, and public education programs and activities of national wildlife refuges or complexes of geographically related national wildlife refuges in each United States Fish and Wildlife Service region; and
(C)
fulfill the purpose and mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System under the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 (16 U.S.C. 668dd et seq.).
(2)
Volunteer coordination strategy
(A)
In general

No later than one year after January 4, 2011, the Director shall publish in the Federal Register a national strategy for the coordination and utilization of volunteers within the National Wildlife Refuge System.

(B)
Consultation required

The strategy shall be developed in consultation with State fish and wildlife agencies, Indian tribes, refuge friends groups or similar volunteer organizations, and other relevant stakeholders.

(C)
Volunteer coordinators

The Director shall provide, subject to the availability of appropriations, no less than one regional volunteer coordinator for each United States Fish and Wildlife Service region to implement the strategy published under this paragraph. Such coordinators may be responsible for assisting partner organizations in developing and implementing volunteer projects and activities under cooperative agreements under section 742f(d) of this title.

(3)
Authorization of appropriations

There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this subsection $2,000,000 for each fiscal year through fiscal year 2014.

(Pub. L. 105–242, § 4(a), Oct. 5, 1998, 112 Stat. 1575; Pub. L. 108–327, § 3, Oct. 16, 2004, 118 Stat. 1271; Pub. L. 111–357, §§ 3, 4(b), Jan. 4, 2011, 124 Stat. 3979, 3981.)
cite as: 16 USC 742f-1