Friends of Parks Inc groups are community based volunteers who work in genuine partnership with National Parks and Wildlife. Friends Groups are dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the natural and/or cultural heritage in parks and reserves. Some groups focus upon the NATURAL AND CULTURAL HERITAGE in a particular park or a group of parks.
Some groups focus upon the CULTURAL HERITAGE at a particular site, while other groups support a PARTICULAR ACTIVITY that protects or enhances SA's natural and/or cultural heritage.
AFFILIATED with Friends of Parks Inc are numerous volunteer or special interest groups which contribute to the protection and/or enhancement of SA's natural and/or cultural heritage in diverse ways. Some of these groups operate in areas OUTSIDE OF THE FORMAL RESERVE SYSTEM, while others provide OCCASIONAL SUPPORT to park management. Some are SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS that enhance understanding and/or promote and/or enjoy our natural heritage.
To be a valued and sustainable organisation that supports a regional network of robust park-based volunteer groups.
To achieve the vision the Board will:
Forward looking - provide strong, coherent leadership and setting direction in a changing world
Inspiring - provide inspiration and guidance to enable park-based volunteering to evolve and engage new trends, community values and aspirations
Effective - achieve ambitious but realistic goals through effective, imaginative and efficient use of resources.
Positive - optimistic, proactive and constructive in the development of parks based volunteering.
Integrity - an independent association with good governance consistent with natural resources management principles, relevant to the conservation aspirations and activities of the membership
Partnership and Respect - productive and positive engagement with all stakeholders and based on mutual respect.
Both FRIENDS OF PARKS and AFFILIATED groups operate under a MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Groups individually report to and are supported by their DISTRICT RANGER.
The activities of Friends Groups are jointly planned with district staff in accordance with PARK MANAGEMENT PLANS and philosophies, with consistent standards, designs, and sharing of expertise.
Each Group is self-supporting and its members pay an annual subscription to belong to that group. Fund raising augments this revenue, and in addition, groups are able to apply for GRANTS from a number of sources.
There are Friends of Parks Groups throughout SOUTH AUSTRALIA. Any of these groups will welcome your membership enquiry.
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