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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 bring innovative approaches to solving land and water management challenges in the most environmentally protective manner. 

The Friends of Rydell & Glacial Ridge Refuges Association (FRGRRA) was formed in 1996 to assist with refuge management, public use, and fundraising activities. The Association sponsors interpretive programs, open houses, special events, and provides trail transportation for people with disabilities. They also operate a small nature store in the Rydell National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center that helps raise money for refuge activities and maintenance. In 2000, the Association was awarded the Friends Group of the Year Award by the National Wildlife Refuge Association. 

Contact the Refuge office to learn more about getting involved with this dynamic volunteer group, or email the FRGRRA at

Other Partners 

University of Minnesota-Crookston
Agassiz Environmental Learning Center

Audubon Minnesota

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

St. Thomas University

The Nature Conservancy
Maple Lake Improvement Association

Options Resource Center for Independent Living

Polk County Parks and Recreation

East Polk County Soil and Water Conservation District

West Polk County Soil and Water Conservation District

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Advanced Hunter Education Program

Fertile Conservation Club

Minnesota Deer Hunters Association

Ruffed Grouse Society

Minnesota Waterfowl Association

Ducks Unlimited

City of Crookston

Crookston Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Bureau

Nature Northwest

Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership

Minnesota Land Trust

North American Wetlands Conservation Council

University of Minnesota Extension

Polk County Board of Commissioners

Red Lake County Board of Commissioners

Red Lake Watershed District

North Dakota State University

Sandhill River Watershed District

University of North Dakota

U.S. Geological Survey

Northwest Minnesota Foundation

Northwest Regional Development Commission

Pembina Trail Resource Conservation and Development

Concordia College of Moorhead