Maintaining existing partnerships and seeking new opportunities to work with others are among the best ways for Selawik Refuge to accomplish its work. Many of the issues on refuge lands are of local, regional, national, and international importance. Successfully accomplishing our goals depends on effective communication, trust, and cooperation with partners, including other organizations, agencies, and individuals.Major partners of the Selawik Refuge include the Northwest Arctic Borough, Native Village of Selawik, Native Village of Kotzebue, Northwest Arctic Borough School District, NANA Regional Corporation, Inc., Alaska Department of Fish and Game, National Park Service, and Bureau of Land Management."Partnerships" involve voluntary sharing and pooling of resources by two or more stakeholders to address key issues and resolve problems that cannot be addressed by either group acting alone.One of the seven major goals in our conservation plan is directly related to partnerships and working with local communities. Below are the goal and seven objectives for achieving it.Goal: Develop and maintain credibility and open communication with partners in resource management and conservation, including Federal and State agencies, educational institutions, local communities, Native corporations, tribal governments, neighboring landowners, businesses and organizations.
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"Siilvik" is the Inupiaq name for Selawik, meaning "place of sheefish." One of two sheefish spawning areas in the region is in the upper Selawik River.