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Spokane Audubon member and long term refuge volunteer gets a rare opportunity to hold her Chapter's mascot.

  • NWRS Partnerships

    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.

  • Turnbull Laboratory for Ecological Studies

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    The refuge has formed over 40 partnerships in support of its refuge programs. One such partnership is with Eastern Washington University which operates Turnbull Laboratory for Ecological Studies (TLES), a research and teaching facility located on the refuge. This is an unique situation in the Refuge System and Turnbull makes the most of it. The refuge’s biological program has worked closely with Eastern conducting studies on the ecosystem to assist in the development of refuge objectives. Annually, nearly 1,500 students are taught college level courses at TLES.

  • Friends of Turnbull N.W.R.

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    The Friends of Turnbull NWR (FOTNWR), is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that helps support the Refuge's programs. Their mission is to support the mandate of the refuge to protect and enhance wildlife and their habitats through education, research, habitat preservation and restoration. 

    The Friends of Turnbull bookstore, located in the new Complex Headquarters, is open on weekends from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm from April 1st through October 31st and reopens its doors for their annual winter festival held in early December. The store offers books, T-shirts, sweatshirts and other gift ideas. Annually, several activities are hosted by Friends of Turnbull which may include bird walks, photography workshops, plant and biological drawing classes, and a railroad history bike trip. 

    Every year FOT hosts an auction. Proceeds from this worthy event help fund stipends for environmental education volunteers.

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  • Spokane Audubon Society

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    Spokane Audubon Society has been a refuge partner for over 30 years. They have assisted refuge staff with numerous wildlife surveys, habitat restoration, and environmental education. It is their mission to provide services to the Spokane region that allow natural ecosystems to become more healthy, thriving and restorative, to nurture and protect birds and other wildlife and their habitats, and to encourage biological diversity for the benefit of people and nature in the Spokane region and the world in which we live. 

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  • Channeled Scablands Cooperative Weed Management Area

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    In the spring of 2008, the Channeled Scablands CWMA was created from a coalition of private landowners, government agencies and universities in portions of  Spokane, Lincoln, and Whitman Counties. 

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  • Partners for Fish & Wildlife

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     “Working with interested landowners to develop and deliver on-the-ground restoration projects that benefit fish and wildlife habitat while keeping land in private ownership.”

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  • WSC AmeriCorps

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    For the past 15 years, the Refuge has partnered with Washington Service Corps to provide AmeriCorps interns to assist with the environmental education and biological programs.

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  • Intermountain West Joint Venture

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    The mission of the Intermountain West Joint Venture (IWJV) is to conserve priority bird habitats through partnership-driven, science-based projects and programs.  

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  • Veterans Conservation Corps

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    The Veterans Conservation Corps (VCC) has a long standing partnership with the refuge. They have assisted staff with habitat restoration, construction and environmental education.

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  • Ice Age Floods Institute, Cheney-Spokane Chapter

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    "With its affiliate, the Ice Age Floods Institute, the Cheney-Spokane Chapter is an alliance of individuals dedicated to promoting the Ice Age Floods story and to serving a growing community of Ice Age Floods enthusiasts by offering educational, cultural, and social activities to foster knowledge of the Ice Age Floods, no matter their background or experience."  

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  • Sheriff Community Oriented Policing Effort

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    Volunteers from S.C.O.P.E. periodically patrol the refuge. S.C.O.P.E's  mission is to help provide a safe living environment in the communities we live in and serve; increase citizen awareness and involvement in community-oriented volunteer services in partnership with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office; and foster community spirit. 

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  • West Plains Beekeepers Association

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    The mission of the West Plains Beekeepers Association is to promote effective beekeeping practices through education of members and the general public.

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Last Updated: Nov 06, 2014
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