Ground Squirrel

Partnerships are an integral part of managing the refuge.

Friends Groups information

Wheeler Wildlife Refuge Association

The WWRA is an independent, non–profit organization dedicated to:

  • Promoting the conservation of natural resources on the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Complex
  • Fostering public understanding and appreciation of the Refuge
  • Engaging in activities that support the mission of the Refuge


Some partnership efforts of Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge and the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service include:

The refuge partners with the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge Associationon many important projects that benefit wildlife, the visiting public and surrounding communities. The non-profit organization plays an important role in education and outreach, and habitat management and restoration efforts of the refuge. 

Partners for Fish and Wildlife: Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) is a program of the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that has been restoring and enhancing fish and wildlife habitat on private lands. It provides cost-sharing and technical assistance to non-federal landowners, including private landowners, local governments, native American tribes, educational institutions, and other entities. The program generally involves wetland, grassland and/or riparian restoration efforts.  

Tennessee Valley Authority: Our long-term partnership with TVA is an important one. The refuge was established in 1938 as an overlay refuge on lands owned by TVA and continues to be operated under a cooperative agreement with TVA. In 1959, TVA transferred 8,323 acres in fee-title to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We continue to partner with TVA in operation of pumping stations in our dewatering units and other resource management activities.