Partnerships

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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 provides some of the nation's most productive subarctic goose habitat. Surveys and studies related to the productivity of goose and other waterfowl provide much of the information used to carry out the refuge's management activities. This work is conducted by refuge staff, in partnership with the Service's Migratory Bird Management office, the U.S.G.S. Biological Resources Division, various universities and other partners.

Although most noted for waterfowl and other migratory bird habitat, the refuge also supports muskox, caribou, brown and black bears, wolves, and moose. These species are harvested by subsistence hunters, and surveys and studies are conducted in cooperation with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to monitor the health of these populations.