Partnerships

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The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships that 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.

In the fall of 2003 an 86-acre tidal marsh restoration project was completed on Millport Slough through a partnership between the US Fish & Wildlife Service, Ducks Unlimited and the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians. The restoration involved breaching 220 feet of dike, removing two dikes totaling 9,300 feet and filling 1,200 feet of artificial ditches. Large woody debris was placed in the marsh to improve habitat for anadromous fish. 

The Refuge is working with the U.S. Forest Service and the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians through a challenge Cost-Share Agreement to monitor juvenile salmonids in the Siletz Estuary and assess their response to habitat restoration and enhancement.

Another Refuge partner is Environment for the Americas (EFTA), an international organization that recruits interns to provide information and education materials about birds, bird conservation, and bird education from Canada to South America. Through EFTA's various programs and initiatives, bird educators, festival organizers, and birders find opportunities to connect ideas, information, and activities close to home or across borders. EFTA interns at Siletz Bay Refuge assist with interpretive paddle tours throughout the summer. Check out the EFTA blog