Friends of the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge Expands Education

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Friends of the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge
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Dr. Gregg Gorton is an associate professor of psychiatry at Temple University School of Medicine. He is also the associate director of the inpatient ward at Episcopal Hospital. Outside of work, Dr. Gregg Gorton is involved with the Friends of the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.

The Friends of the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge was founded in 1972 to protect the Tinicum Marsh in Pennsylvania. During the 1960s and 1970s, areas around the wetlands were being developed, which gave citizens cause for concern. Through their efforts and lobbying, Congress created the wildlife refuge.

In March of 2016, The Friends of the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge was given $1 million through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The money was put into educational programs, and it will also create jobs for youth within the community. The refuge wants to ensure that younger citizens understand the importance of conservation, and how they can make an impact in their community by supporting the wildlife refuge. Through educational and recreational development, the Friends of the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge wants to establish how all life forms, human, plant, and animal, are interdependent.

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