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 Friends of St. Marks Wildlife Refuge, formed in 1987, is the 501(c)3 non-profit friends group that supports the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in accomplishing its biological and educational objectives. Finances generated through membership fees and the sale of books, photographs, and other educational items through the Refuge nature store fund refuge projects.
For additional information about the Friends and their activities, please go to www.stmarksrefuge.org or write:
Friends of St. Marks Wildlife RefugeP.O. Box 368St. Marks, FL 32355
For special nature themed items for yourself or your family and friends, visit the Friend's Nature Store located in the Visitor Center.
Other Partners include:
Monarch-Milkweed Initiative at St. Marks NWR - https://www.facebook.com/StMarksMilkweeds/
The Nature Conservancy in Florida - www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/florida/
Apalachee Audubon Society - www.apalachee.org/aas/
Florida Wildlife Federation - fwfonline.org/
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission - www.myfwc.com/
Florida Forest Service - www.floridaforestservice.com/
USDA Forest Service, National Forests in Florida - www.fs.usda.gov/florida
Get Outdoors Florida! Inc. - www.getoutdoorsflorida.org/
Florida Project Learning Tree - sfrc.ufl.edu/plt
Apalachicola Regional Stewardship Alliance – www.floridainvasives.org/apalachicola/
Dept. of Interior, US Geological Service – www.usgs.gov/state/state.asp?State=FL
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The refuge is actively involved in the recovery of the red-cockaded woodpecker. The Service’s current Red-cockaded Woodpecker Recovery Plan (2003) has a panhandle population goal of 1,000 potential breeding groups, with a refuge goal of 71 active clusters. Active refuge management of the red-cockaded woodpecker population and habitat since 1980 has not only prevented extirpation, but also fostered population growth.