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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 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.

Some partnership efforts of the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service include:

Balcones Canyonlands Fire Program
: Through the refuge's fire program, more than $158,000 has been awarded to local fire departments through the Rural Fire Assistance Program.  This grant program is administered through the Department of Interior (DOI) and targets rural and volunteer fire departments that help fight fires near or on DOI lands, including the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge.  The funding is for training, equipment purchases, and fire prevention work and is done on a cost-shared basis.  Since 2001, the following local fire programs have had money awarded through the RFA grant program:  Travis County ESD #1, Travis County ESD #7, Liberty Hill Fire Department, Bertram Fire Department, Burnet Fire Department, Marble Falls Fire Department, Hoover Valley Fire Department, South Hays Fire Department, Uvalde Fire Department and the Cassie Fire Department. 

: The refuge partners with the Friends of Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge on many important projects that benefit wildlife, the visiting public and surrounding communities.  The non-profit organization plays an important role in education and outreach, land acquisition and habitat restoration efforts of the refuge. 

Central Texas Conservation Partnership: This is a collaborative partnership of several public and private natural resource organizations whose goal is to provide landowners a centralized, accessible resource for information and guidelines for effectively conserving or enhancing their lands. 

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. In Texas, through 2004, the Service entered into 1,040 partnerships with private landowners, covering approximately 243,000 acres in the Lone Star State.