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.  


Through the San Luis Valley Conservation Area , we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will join our partners in protecting the remarkable ecological values and working landscapes of the high mountain desert. The Conservation Area is a landscape-level strategic habitat conservation initiative within the boundaries of the Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative. The conservation area encompasses the headwaters of the Rio Grande in southern Colorado and a small part of northern New Mexico.