Cooperation 512

Here, three different state and federal agencies cooperate in an effort to restore the Arctic Grayling population in the refuge.

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 and water management problems 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, private organizations, and landowners if conservation efforts are to succeed.

Red Rock Lakes has working partnerships with The Nature Conservancy, Montana Western University, University of Montana, Montana State University, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, Beaverhead County Weed District, Centennial Valley Association and others. Here links to some organizations that work closely with Red Rock Lakes: 

Centennial Valley History Organization  

Ecology Project International 

FWS Historic Preservation (Homestead act) 

The Nature Conservancy  

SNOTEL is an automated system of snowpack and related climate sensors operated by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) of the United States Department of Agriculture in the Western United States. There are over 600 SNOTEL (or snow telemetry) sites in 13 states, including Alaska. The sites are generally located in remote high-mountain watersheds where access is often difficult or restricted. Access for maintenance by the NRCS includes various modes, from hiking and skiing to helicopters. All SNOTEL sites measure snow water content, accumulated precipitation, and air temperature. Some sites also measure snow depth, soil moisture and temperature, wind speed, solar radiation, humidity, and atmospheric pressure. These data are used to forecast yearly water supplies, predict floods, and for general climate research. The Lakeview SNOTEL site is critical for water and grazing management decisions.