Storm at Baca upland landscape 512x219

The National Wildlife Refuge System works with partnership to encourage conservation and preservation of our natural and cultural resources. Partners bring innovative approaches to solving land management issues on refuge lands. Scientifically-informed and technologically-based stewardship of refuge lands, waters, and wildlife must be collaborative efforts if conservation efforts on these special lands are to succeed.

Partners are key to conserving the uniqueness and importance of Baca Refuge. The Refuge abuts lands owned by other conservation entities including The Nature Conservancy, the National Park Service, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and the Colorado State Land Board. These lands total more than 500,000 acres and contain one of the largest and most diverse assemblages of wetland habitats remaining in Colorado.

Through the San Luis Valley Conservation Area, we join our partners in protecting the remarkable ecological values and working landscapes of this high mountain desert. The Conservation Area is a habitat conservation effort focused on the area encompassing the headwaters of the Rio Grande in southern Colorado and a small part of northern New Mexico. The Conservation Area protects Federal trust species and other plants and wildlife of the San Luis Valley while ensuring the long-term function and resilience of its diverse ecosystems. It focuses on protecting the land and water supporting the riparian areas, wetlands, and key uplands that complement and connect existing protected areas. This purpose aligns with the visions and statutory purposes of the three refuges within the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

The Colorado Wetlands Program, which was established in 1996, is another partnership example. At the state level, this partnership is represented by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Great Outdoors Colorado, Ducks Unlimited, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program. This wetland program established eleven wetland focus areas across the state. All three of the San Luis Valley Refuges and the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in the San Luis Valley have benefited by receiving over $2 million through this program. Funded projects have included extensive wetland restoration and habitat protection.  

Another partner is the Friends of the San Luis Valley Refuges. This non-profit group assists the refuges of the San Luis Valley (Alamosa, Baca, and Monte Vista) with special events, needed maintenance, neighboring landowner appreciation events, and other supportive activities.