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PartnersThe National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships which encourage conservation and preservation of our natural and cultural resources. Partnerships bring innovative approaches to solving land and water management challenges in the most environmentally protective manner. 

The Friends of Rydell Refuge Association was formed in 1996 to assist the refuge with management, public use, and fund raising activities. The Association sponsors interpretive programs and open houses, maintains cross-country ski and snowshoe trails, and provides trail transportation for people with disabilities. They also operate a small gift shop in the visitor center. In 2000, the Association was awarded the Friends Group of the Year Award by the National Wildlife Refuge Association. Contact the refuge office to learn how you join this dynamic volunteer group.


Other partners include:
University of Minnesota-Crookston
Agassiz Environmental Learning Center
Maple Lake Improvement Association
Options Resource Center for Independent Living
Polk County Parks and Recreation
East Polk County Soil and Water Conservation District
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Advanced Hunter Education Program
Fertile Conservation Club
Minnesota Deer Hunters Association
Ruffed Grouse Society
Minnesota Waterfowl Association
Ducks Unlimited 

Last Updated: Feb 08, 2016
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