Creating a better world requires teamwork, partnerships, and collaboration...

~Simon Mainwaring

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 success.


University of Tennessee at Martin

The University of Tennessee at Martin provides high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs to West Tennessee and beyond.  From the founding in 1900 of Hall-Moody Institute, through the establishment in 1927 of UT Junior College, to today's status as a comprehensive public University, UT Martin is committed to preparing students for success in the global economy.  The refuge has a good working relationship with UTM.  Students have prepared and erected wood duck boxes on the refuge, conducted numerous on-going studies on owls, heron rookeries, reptiles and amphibians, and assisted in events on the refuge. 


Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency

The mission of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) is to preserve, conserve, manage, protect and enhance the fish and wildlife of the state and their habitats for the use, benefit, and enjoyment of the citizens of Tennessee and its visitors. The Agency fosters the safe use of the state's waters through a program of law enforcement, education, and access.  Lake Isom and Reelfoot NWR have a long-standing relationship with TWRA, including but not limited to joint habitat projects and events, equipment sharing, and boat trail maintenance.  


Reelfoot Lake State Park

Reelfoot Lake State Park will forever be preserved for present and future generations of park users as a public gathering place providing physical and visual access to Reelfoot Lake and to educate the public about both the natural and cultural history of the the area and the importance of Reelfoot Lake and its natural ecosystems within our environment while initiating a positive economic impact to the communities and the counties surrounding Reelfoot Lake State Park.  The refuge has a good working relationship with the Park.  By sharing programs at large community events, and partnering on onsite environmental education programs, the Park and Refuge reach many children and adults interested in learning more about the natural resources of Reelfoot Lake.