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SCIENCE prairie dog and burrowing owl Bennette Jenkins 512 x 219The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships which encourage conservation and protection of our natural and cultural resources.

Partners of the Refuge System bring innovative approaches to solving land management and water issues 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.  Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge is fortunate to have the ongoing support of area partners.

Vermejo Conservancy District
Water irrigation through and around the refuge is managed by the Vermejo Conservancy District (VCD).  They provide irrigation water for 7,380 acres of land in the Maxwell area.  The refuge works closely with them to ensure effective storage and delivery of irrigation water both on and off the refuge.

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish maintains a fishery program in refuge impoundments stocking rainbow trout, bluegill, and channel catfish.  

Friends of Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge
A non-profit organization that supports Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge in our wildlife conservation effort is Friends of Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge.   

Helpful Links: 
Audubon New Mexico
Capulin Volcano National Monument 

Page Photo Credits — Black-tailed prairie dog and Western burrowing owl/Bennette Jenkins, Grasshopper sparrow / © Robert Shantz, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jul 22, 2012
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