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Alaska Environmental Literacy Plan Working Group
The Alaska Environmental Literacy Plan Working Group is helping ensure Alaska’s youth understand and appreciate our natural world. The partnership produced a draft Alaska Environmental Literacy Plan to guide PreK-12 public schools in integrating environmental education, including active outdoor learning, as part of the school curriculum. The plan ensures all Alaskan students have opportunities to connect with the natural world and to develop the knowledge and skills required to maintain Alaska’s intact ecosystems, its economy, and the health of its citizens. Group members have done exceptional work in developing a plan that will prepare Alaska’s students to be environmentally literate citizens, ready to manage the state’s rich natural resources wisely for today and future generations. For more information, visit

Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge Partnership
The Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge Partnerhship is a grassroots conservation effort involving citizens partnering with nonprofit organizations and federal, state and local governments to establish the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge within reach of the Chicago, Illinois, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, metropolitan areas. The Friends take a partner-driven approach to conservation that is science- and education-based. Through engagement and stewardship, the partnership is working to create a long-term vision of people and nature coexisting in rapidly urbanizing areas. The partnership’s efforts have resulted in unprecedented outreach at the local and national levels in support of the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge and the mission and goals of the National Wildlife Refuge System. For more information, visit

kids digging in dirtCentral Umpqua-Mid Klamath Oak Habitat Cooperative conservation Partnership Initiative
Oak habitat is important for terrestrial neotropical migratory birds in the Pacific Northwest, and this partnership is restoring more than 2,000 acres of Oregon white oak habitat by removing encroaching conifers, reseeding native grasses, and applying prescribed fire. The exclusion of fire had reduced oak habitat to a highly fragmented and degraded state. In addition to restoring habitat, this partnership exemplifies innovation by providing local tribal employment in up to 90 percent of the on-the-ground work. With strong public-private financial and in-kind service support, the partnership has made outstanding contributions to restore, conserve and monitor this important migratory bird habitat at the landscape scale. For more information visit

Group photo at Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: USFWSEverglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area Partnership
This collaborative public/private partnership is establishing the 150,000-acre Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area in Florida as the 556th unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The refuge will add the necessary conservation pieces to forever protect one of the last great grassland and savanna landscapes of eastern North America and create wildlife corridors, protect rare species, restore wetlands, and provide outdoor recreation while supporting working ranches through conservation easements. This endeavor was advanced in an efficient one-year timeframe and featured significant public involvement and outreach. For more information, visit

kids digging in dirtCamp Lawton Partnership Team
One hundred fifty years after the start of the Civil War, a new chapter of Civil War history is being written, thanks to the Camp Lawton Partnership Team. The partnership began as a collaborative effort between Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GADNR) and Georgia Southern University’s (GSU) Department of Sociology and Anthropology and later the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in an attempt to determine the exact location of the Camp Lawton stockade at Magnolia Springs State Park. The project team works closely with area schools and regularly speaks to organizations focused on history, education and tourism, as well as at conferences throughout the region. Through their efforts, thousands of people have learned more about their history as citizens of the United States and the value of cultural resources currently managed by USFWS and GADNR. For more information, see:

people in front of sign with hands in the airRappahannock Partnership
The Rappahannock Land Protection Partnership began with the 1996 establishment of the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge to protect natural, cultural, and historic resources along Virginia’s Rappahannock River, one of the most important tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. The partnership has protected more than 8,000 acres as part of the refuge and another 1,320 acres in a conservation easement. For more information, see:

people standing/sitting in two rowsFriends of the Nevada Wilderness
Celebrating their 27th anniversary, Friends of Nevada Wilderness is dedicated to preserving Nevada’s wildlife heritage. With diverse groups of partners, Friends of Nevada Wilderness have assisted in the designation of more than 3 million acres of wilderness across the state. Along with the Friends collaboration and partnerships with the USFWS, BLM, NPS, and USFS, they work with organizations and businesses like the Nevada Outdoor School, REI, Inc., the Sierra Club,, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America, faith based and service based groups, and many others to spread their message and get more boots on the ground. For more information, see:

Sage GrouseSage Grouse Implementation Team
The Wyoming Governor’s Sage-Grouse Implementation Team developed a long-term, science-based strategy for the conservation of greater sage-grouse in Wyoming, a candidate for listing under the Endangered Species Act, while allowing for energy development, which is essential to the economy of that state and the nation. Their work has resulted in a cascade of conservation efforts and resource development options that currently conserve more than 1 million acres of sagebrush habitats in Wyoming and likely will extend to more than 18 million acres within the next three years. The strategy developed by this team has been commended by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (a team member and partner) as a science-based effort that, when fully implemented, will ameliorate threats to this iconic species of the American West. For more information, see:

people in Tribal attireLiberty Wildlife Rehabilitation Foundation
In 2010, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Southwest Regional Director signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Liberty Wildlife Rehabilitation Foundation (Liberty) to establish and operate a two-year pilot non-eagle feather repository program. The pilot was developed to provide feathers and bird parts to federally recognized tribal members for use in cultural, ceremonial and religious practices. In addition, the project aims to reduce illegal bird take for feathers. In partnership with the Service, the Liberty pilot non-eagle feather repository project accomplishes two important goals – it preserves cultural heritage while simultaneously conserving our North American birds. For more information, see: