Student Conservation Association Work Crew on Kanatak Trail

The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships which encourage conservation and preservation of our natural and cultural resources. 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.

Some of our Partnerships:

The King Salmon Visitor Center, providing information and educational services highlighting the natural and cultural resources and recreation opportunities on the Alaska Peninsula, is operated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service in conjunction with the National Park Service, Bristol Bay Borough, and Lake and Peninsula Borough. Alaska Geographic supplies the bookstore, which raises funds for outreach and education.

We offer a week-long residential camp for rural high school students annually. Partners have included Bristol Bay School District, Lake and Peninsula School District, the U.S. Geological Survey Alaska Science Center, Alaska Audubon Society, Alaska Geographic, the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society, the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and the National Park Service.

Environmental education and outreach programs are offered in coordination with Bristol Bay School District, Lake and Peninsula School District, scouting organizations, traditional village councils, village elders, Alaska Audubon Society, Ducks Unlimited, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Planning for management of fish and wildlife resources on service lands is conducted in cooperation with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and the National Park Service.

Bird counts are conducted several times per year with the cooperation of partners, including the National Audubon Society, Partners in Flight, and the USGS’s Biological Resources Division.

The Kanatak National Recreation Trail was cleared of brush and an archeology survey completed through a Recreational Trails Program grant administered by the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation, Alaska, in 2011. The grant made a partnership with the Student Conservation Association possible, bringing a volunteer work crew to the site.