Partnerships with the Refuge System bring innovative approaches
to solving land management issues in the most protective manner.
Scientifically-informed and technologically-based stewardship of our public
lands, water, wildlife and special places must be a collaborative effort
between the Refuge System, private landowners and organizations, and other
government agencies if conservation efforts are to succeed.
The refuge partners with the Wheeler
Wildlife Refuge Association on many important projects that benefit wildlife, the visiting public and surrounding communities. The non-profit organizations play an important role in education and outreach, habitat management, and restoration efforts of the refuge.
Partners for Fish and Wildlife:
Partners for Fish and
Wildlife (PFW) is a program
of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service that has been restoring
and enhancing fish and wildlife
habitat on private lands. It provides cost-sharing and technical assistance to non-federal
landowners, including private landowners, local governments, native
American tribes, educational institutions, and other entities. The program generally involves wetland, grassland and/or riparian restoration efforts.
Our long-term partnership with TVA is an important one. The
refuge was established in 1938 as an overlay refuge on lands owned by TVA and
continues to be operated under a cooperative agreement with TVA. In 1959, TVA
transferred 8,323 acres in fee-title to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We
continue to partner with TVA in operation of pumping stations in our dewatering
units and other resource management activities.
Ducks Unlimited, through their MARSH Program, has partnered with the refuge in
the development of eight projects to improve management capabilities for
migratory birds on 3,345 acres.
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