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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.

The Refuge partners with several agencies in the San Juans to jointly protect these fragile island habitats for the creatures that depend upon them, while also providing recreational activities for human visitors.

Washington State Parks

The campgrounds on Turn Island and Matia Island are managed in cooperation with Washington State Parks. These are the only refuge islands open to the public so this partnership provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience a remote island habitat.

National Park Service

As the largest tract of public land on San Juan Island, San Juan Island National Historical Park has more than six miles of public shoreline and is also a primary destination of hikers with a network of trails exploring woodlands, prairie and uplands. As a stop along the Pacific flyway, the park also provides temporary homes for more than 200 species of migratory birds.

Bureau of Land Management

San Juan Islands National Monument encompasses approximately 1,000 acres of land spread across many of these rocks and islands. The National Monument contains a wide array of habitats, with woodlands, grasslands, and wetlands intermixed with rocky balds, bluffs, inter-tidal areas, and sandy beaches.