Most refuges across the country have a private, voluntary support group associated with it known as a “Friends Group.” These groups of volunteers from the local community are committed to stewardship of refuge or district lands. Friends’ activities range from on-the-ground preservation, restoration, and management actions to promotion and education of the public about the benefits these lands provide to our quality of life. Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge is currently in the process of forming a Friends Group and is actively seeking and welcoming thoughts on how to involve the community in land stewardship to further this endeavor. Call or email the refuge headquarters for more information at 320-273-2191 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/index.htmlClean Up the River Environment (CURE): http://curemnriver.org/Big Stone Arts Council: http://www.ortonville.net/Community/big_stone_arts_council.htmDucks Unlimited: http://www.ducks.org/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: http://www.usace.army.mil/Big Stone Lake Chamber of Commerce: http://bigstonelake.info/
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Managing the habitat of the refuge is key to protecting the native plants and wildlife of Big Stone NWR.