Partnerships

Whistling Duck hen with eight chicks

We are better together. Our friends and partners are key to our success in stewarding a legacy of wildlife and wildlands.


The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships that encourage conservation and preservation of our natural heritage of wildlife and wildlands. For sustainable resource management to succeed — scientifically-informed and technologically-based stewardship of our public lands, waters, wildlife and special places must be collaborative efforts between the Refuge System, local communities, other government agencies, and private organizations.

At Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge we collaborate with the Barataria Terrebonne National Estuary Program, Coastal Wetland Planning, Protection and Restoration Act partners (CWPPRA), the State of Louisiana, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and local universities to fulfill our stewardship mission.

The Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges Inc. support a variety of projects at the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex. As a non-profit organization, our Friends group seeks funding from private and public sources; and secures grants for habitat restoration, special events, and education projects. They connect the Refuge to the local community, conduct fund-raising to support environmental education programs, and help operate and maintain refuge facilities. Visit the Friends' website to learn more about how you can explore the refuges and help steward our wildlife heritage.