The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships which encourage conservation and preservation 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.
Many opportunities exist near the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, Complex and Wetland Management District to continue existing partnerships or establish new ones. These include the following:
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The Willow Creek Unit of Lake Mason National Wildlife Refuge is managed for the benefit of mountain plovers. A Montana state species of concern, these birds are attracted to sparse vegetation. The short-grass prairie of this refuge is maintained by prescribed burning and grazing.