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Partnerships are an important part of the Huron WMD. Partnerships with local, state, federal, and non-government organizations help the Huron WMD accomplish our station's mission and goal; the preservation and protection of migratory birds. The Huron WMD and the National Wildlife Refuge System are committed to building partnerships which encourage conservation 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, fish, and wildlife is accomplished through collaborative efforts. The Refuge System, other government agencies, and private organizations work hand in hand with to see that their conservation efforts succeed. The South Dakota Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) program is a voluntary private land habitat restoration program administered by the USFWS.  

Over two-thirds of our nations's land is privately owned and contains some of the most important fish and wildlife habitat in the United States. The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in South Dakota was initiated in 1986. The PFW program can help out by improving and protecting fish and wildlife habitat on private lands through alliances between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, other organizations, and individuals, while leaving the land in private ownership. PFW provides technical and funding assistance in order to accomplish this objective.   

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The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks is an important partner and administers wildlife resources within the State of South Dakota. The state issues hunting and fishing licenses and sets hunting and fishing seasons. Migratory bird game management in the United States is a cooperative effort of state and federal governments. Each year state and provincial wildlife agencies in U.S. and Canada determine federal migratory bird season dates and bag limits. These frameworks are based in part on data gathered from hunter harvests each season. The U.S. and Canada are divided into four flyways; Pacific, Central, Mississippi, and Atlantic Flyways. The Huron WMD is located within the Central Flyway.

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Other partners to the Huron WMD include: Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Delta Waterfowl, South Dakota Grassland Coalition, Beadle County Sportsmans Club, Beadle County Izaak Walton League and the South Dakota Wildlife Federation. A link to these partners websites can be found at the top of this page.