Responding to the inadequacy of funds, a group of concerned citizens established a  non-profit association to support the five National Wildlife Refuges in Rhode Island. The Friends are devoted to the conservation and the development of healthy habitat for flora and fauna and a safe, accessible, ecological experience for visitors. The association promotes the benefits of refuges to the local community. The Friends support numerous efforts of the Refuge staff: financing summer interns, managing the Contact Stations, assisting the invasive species eradication programs, monitoring of salt marshes and the species dependent on them to name a few.