Volunteers planting marsh grass for a coastal restoration project

Big Branch Marsh NWR partners with a variety of conservation groups with the shared goal of restoring fragile coastal wetlands along the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain.

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 and water challenges.  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.

The Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges support a wide variety of projects at the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex. As a non-profit organization, our Friends group seeks funding from both private and public sources — securing grants for habitat restoration, special events and education projects. They serve as advocates in the local community, conduct fund-raising activities to support environmental education programs, and help operate and maintain the refuge facilities.