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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. 

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is to work with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service's Partners for Fish and Wildlife program helps accomplish this mission by offering technical and financial assistance to private (non-federal) landowners to voluntarily restore wetlands and other fish and wildlife habitats on their land. The program emphasizes the reestablishment of native vegetation and ecological communities for the benefit of fish and wildlife in concert with the needs and desires of private landowners.

Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge plays an active role in promoting the Service's Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program (PFW) in western South Dakota. The private lands program at the Refuge is working with landowners, local Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and Conservation District offices in a seven county region which includes Bennett, Haakon, Jackson, Jones, Lyman, Mellette, and Pennington Counties. Currently, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, South Dakota Game, Fish, & Parks, and Ducks Unlimited are serving as funding partners to help finance private landowner wetland creations. Any landowner living in the seven counties listed above interested in participating in the Partners for Fish and Wildlife program can call the Refuge Private Lands Biologist at (605) 685-6508 and ask for further assistance.

SD Partners for Fish and Wildlife
FWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife