Partnerships

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The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships that 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. 
 
Refuge staff worked with more than two dozen partners during the Ni-les'tun Unit restoration, all of whom were integral to the project's success. A short list of partnerships with Bandon Marsh NWR includes:

Shoreline Education for Awareness (SEA)

An all-volunteer non-profit organization based in Bandon, SEA was founded in 1990 to increase public awareness and knowledge of the shoreline habitats and wildlife along the southern Oregon coast. SEA trains and recruits volunteer wildlife interpreters to serve at a variety of locations along the south coast, as well as offering numerous internships within the Refuge system. Learn more about SEA here.

Coos County Public Health Department

Oversees the application of larvicide (Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis, or Bti) to control mosquitoes at the Ni-les'tun Unit of Bandon Marsh NWR. The County works with a contractor to monitor mosquito numbers and apply larvicide as needed. Visit their website here.

Ducks Unlimited

A world leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation, Ducks Unlimited worked with several contractors in completing a number of projects within the Ni-les'tun Marsh restoration project from 2008 to 2014. Among much else, they oversaw the construction of 120,000 linear feet of new tidal channels at Ni-les'tun, which help drain breeding pools that salt marsh mosquitoes require for breeding. These channels also improved tidal flow within the marsh. Ducks Unlimited will be involved with further restoration monitoring work at the refuge next year.