Partnerships

PL Crab USFWS Meghan Kearney

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.

Much of the Olympic Peninsula’s outer coastal lands and waters are administered cooperatively through three federal agencies: the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The activities of the NPS and NOAA are frequently a compliment to the goals of the USFWS. Olympic National Park (NPS) assists the refuge in a number of ways including help with developing educational materials, providing law enforcement, monitoring trespass, and conducting cooperative research. The Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (NOAA) works to maintain the ecological and cultural integrity of the sanctuary waters that surround the refuge by restricting oil and gas exploration, low-flying aircraft, resource disturbance, seabed alteration, and disturbance to marine animals.