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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 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, wildlife and special places must be collaborative efforts between the Refuge System, other government agencies, and private organizations if conservation efforts are to succeed.

Friends of Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge 


The Friends of Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge (KNWR) is an all volunteer, non-profit organization. Its mission is to support KNWR in its efforts to protect, manage and conserve wildlife through education and conservation. The Friends of KNWR connects our community with KNWR through environmental education and interpretive programs. The Friends of KNWR also fosters an appreciation for Boundary County’s abundant natural resources.  Follow the Friends' group on their facebook page.


The Two Nation Birding Vacation experience was created through a dedicated partnership of multiple organizations and individuals. The purpose of the partnership is to develop and promote sustainable birding and eco-tourism within the region. The region is defined as a portion of the Kootenays in south-eastern British Columbia, Canada and parts of the northwest United States.
The International Selkirk Loop was formed in 1999 as a non-profit corporation designed to enhance the local economy through the promotion of tourism along its route in Northern Idaho, Northeastern Washington and the East and West Kootenay region of British Columbia. The International Selkirk Loop encircles the breathtaking Selkirk Mountains in northeast Washington, north Idaho and southeast British Columbia, a place of forested hillsides, sparkling waterfalls, snowcapped craggy peaks, and charming small towns.