Big Pine

The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships to 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, private organizations and private citizens if conservation efforts are to succeed.




  • Friends of Little Pend Oreille NWR

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    The Friends of Little Pend Oreille NWR is a non profit organization that supports the Refuge's management plans. They assist with outdoor environmental education for local school groups, trail construction and maintenance, bird surveys, trash clean up and staff a display at local events to inform and educate the public about the Refuge.

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  • International Selkirk Loop

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    The International Selkirk Loop is a 280 mile scenic drive through eastern Washington, northern Idaho and southeastern British Columbia. Our Refuge can be accessed from the Flowery Trail Loop, an 80 mile side trip loop in eastern Washington. We are also one of the stops on their birding map. 

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  • Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife


    The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is currently doing field work on the Refuge to determine what species of bats are here and to study the movements of white-tailed deer. They also  are given surveys on fishing success in our lakes and provide us with hunter success reports annually.

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  • Washington Audubon Society

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    The Refuge is part of the Great Washington State Birding Trail. We are on the Palouse to Pines Loop that covers all of eastern Washington. The Washington Audubon Society prepared a brochure that includes the habitats of each birding area, the best time of year to visit, where to go and what birds can be seen in these areas. Contact them for a copy of this brochure.

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  • Washington Trails Association


    The Washington Trails Association has supplied the manpower to construct hiking trails on the Refuge the last few summers. They constructed the Mill Butte and Big Pine hiking trails.

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  • Kalispel Tribe of Indians

    Kalispel Tribe

    We have worked with the Tribe in wetland restoration on our Cusick Unit in Pend Oreille County.

  • University of Washington

    Rare Care

    Rare Plant Care and Conservation is a program out of the University of Washington in Seattle that monitors rare plants. Here they monitor adder's tongue, blue eyed grass and Phipps' hawthorne.

  • Washington Department of Ecology

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    Washington State Department of Ecology samples the  Little Pend Oreille River as part of the Status and Trends Monitoring for Watershed Health and Salmon Recovery Program.  The sampling consists of collecting physical measurements as well as water samples, macroinvertebrate samples, periphyton samples, and sediment samples.

  • Washington State Department of Health

    Dept Health

    The Refuge cooperated with the Washington Department of Health to capture and identify mosquitos as part of their state wide West Nile Virus surveillance program.

  • Eastern Washington University


    A graduate student sampled reaches of the Little Pend Oreille River in the Refuge as part of a research project examining the relative abundance and distribution of all the fish species located with the Colville River Watershed.