Refuge partners meet in the field

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 issues in the most protective manner. Scientifically-informed and technologically-based stewardship of our public lands, water, wildlife and special places must be a collaborative effort between the Refuge System, private landowners and organizations, and other government agencies if conservation efforts are to succeed.

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge works with the following partners. They play a very important role in helping the refuge accomplish its wildlife management and conservation mission. Our working partnerships include:

  • The Harney Basin Wetlands Initiative
  • Portland Audubon Society
  • Collaborative Partnerships developed during our CCP Planning Process
  • The Burns Paiute Indian Tribe
  • The Harney County Historical Society


Friends of Malheur NWR

More than 200 nonprofit Refuge Friends organizations support national wildlife refuges, whether they work with a single refuge, a refuge complex or an entire state. Friends Group members are crucial to conserving and protecting our nation’s wildlife and teaching millions of Americans that their actions today determine the conservation legacy of tomorrow. Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge (FOMR) was formed in 1999 and is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. Our Friends group is committed to conserving, enhancing, and restoring fish and wildlife habitat and cultural history in the Harney Basin of southeast Oregon through the support of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge staff and programs. The FOMR is an important partner, providing vital support for a number of Refuge programs.

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