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The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is committed to working with private landowners to conserve natural resources and maintain the economic viability of farming and ranching. To assist landowners in meeting this goal, the Service has programs that may interest you.

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. 

Opportunities exist near the Souris River basin refuges to establish partnerships with sporting clubs, elementary and secondary schools and community organizations. A strong partnership already exists between the Service and the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. 

At regional and state levels, partnerships might be established with organizations such as Ducks Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy, National Audubon Society, National Wild Turkey Federation, North Dakota Wildlife Federation, wildlife societies, Delta Waterfowl and many others. 

If you would like to discuss a particular type of project or if you are interested in learning more about our program, please call Tom Pabian at 701-468-5467 ext. 119.  

Learn more about Partners for Fish and Wildlife Programs at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service North Dakota Partners page.  

For more information, visit the national Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program page.