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Partnerships

Northern Pintail 1Partnerships are an important part of the Huron WMD.  Partnerships with local, state, federal, and non-government organizations helps the Huron WMD accomplish our station's mission and goals to preserve and protect migratory birds. The Huron WMD and the National Wildlife Refuge System are committed to building partnerships which encourage conservation of our natural and cultural resources.

Partnerships with the Refuge System bring innovative approaches to solving land management and water disputes in the most environmentally protective manner.  Scientifically-informed and technologically-based stewardship of our public lands, waters, wildlife and special places must be collaborative efforts between the Refuge System, other government agencies, and private organizations if conservation efforts are to succeed. The South Dakota Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) program is a voluntary private land habitat restoration program administered by the USFWS.   

Over two-thirds of our nations's land is privately owned and contains some of the most important fish and wildlife habitat in the United States.  The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program (PFW) in SD was initiated in 1986 with the thought of providing technical and finding assistance to restore, enhance and or create wildlife habitat on privately owned land. The PFW program can help out by improving and protecting fish and wildlife habitat on private lands through alliances between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, other organizations and individuals, while leaving the land in private ownership.  PFW provides technical and funding assistance and project coordination in order to accomplish this objective.    

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The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks is an important partner and administers wildlife resources within the State of South Dakota.  The state issues hunting and fishing licenses and sets hunting and fishing seasons. Migratory bird game management in the United States is a cooperative effort of state and federal governments.  Each year state and provincial wildlife agencies in U.S. and Canada determine federal migratory bird  season dates and bag limits within federal frameworks.  These frameworks are based in part on data gathered by biologists in Canada and the United States and hunter harvest. The U.S. and Canada are divided into four flyways.   The Huron WMD is part of the Central Flyway. 

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 Another important partner of the Huron WMD is the Friends of Maga Ta Hohpi WPA.  The Friends of Maga Ta-Hohpi is the official friends group of the Huron WMD. The Friends of Maga Ta-Hohpi WPA  received the 2013 "Friends Group of the Year" award from the National Wildlife Refuge Association.  The Friends of Maga Ta-Hohpi partners with the Huron WMD to accomplish environmental education programs usually on the Maga Ta-Hohpi WPA located 8 miles west of Huron or in the town of Huron.   

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The Prairies Conservation Campaign is a coordinated, partner-driven campaign to bring public attention to the dramatic conversion of grasslands and wetlands to cropland in one of America's last intact grassland ecosystems - the prairie pothole region.

Visit the campaign page   

Page Photo Credits — Northern Pintail duck pair,  © Chris Bailey
Last Updated: May 22, 2014
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