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.
Protecting South Dakota's wetlands is an enormous job. We are indeed fortunate that other agencies, private groups, and individuals share in this effort. These include the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, Ducks Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy, various joint ventures, and the thousands of farmers and ranchers who conserve wetlands on their property. By protecting wetlands, these groups and individuals make South Dakota a more interesting, and better place to live.
Sand Lake NWR provides critical habitat for nesting & feeding waterfowl, like this blue-winged teal, during breeding and migration.