Partnerships

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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.

Partners of Protection Island NWR include the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife which manages the 48 acre Zella M. Schultz Seabird Sanctuary on the west end of the island.  The Washington State Department of Natural Resources manages the surrounding aquatic area as the Protection Island Aquatic Reserve.  The Refuge has also partnered with educational institutions such as Walla Walla University, the University of Puget Sound, and Andrews University to promote rigorous scientific research.