Ways to Get Involved
You can support your national wildlife refuges by joining organizations such as the National Wildlife Refuge Association that actively supports and advocates for the National Wildlife Refuge System. Volunteer opportunities can also be found at volunteer.gov.
Discover for yourself what tens of thousands of volunteers have learned: Volunteering for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is fun and rewarding in many ways. Master new skills. Meet new friends. Enjoy a sense of accomplishment from doing your part to further wildlife conservation for the pleasure of generations to follow. Check out our station's latest volunteer opportunities on volunteer.gov.
Management on Rose Atoll would not be possible without the help of:
- American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources to conduct bird, habitat and algae surveys, control coconuts, and help to remove shipwrecks.
- American Samoa Historic Preservation Office to conduct archaeological surveys.
- U.S. Geological Survey to perform surveys for insects and control introduced ants.
- NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service to tag turtles to monitor them via satellite and conduct coral and fish surveys to monitor the health of the reef.
- National Park Service to help perform coral surveys, monitor the hermit crabs, control coconuts and help preserve pisonia trees.
- American Samoa Community College to conduct surveys of ants and other arthropods.
- American Samoa Department of Commerce, Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources, and the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa to be co-members of the Intergovernmental Committee (ICG).
The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnership which encourage conservation and preservation of our natural and cultural resources. Scientifically-informed and technologically-based stewardship of our public lands, waters, wildlife and special places must be collaborative efforts if conservation efforts are to succeed.
Most access for refuge staff to Rose has only been possible through the cooperation and participation with partner agencies such as NOAA and the U.S. Coast Guard.
Rose Atoll’s remoteness compels a growing list of partners and cooperators to be kept informed of and included in planning and management activities at Rose. Activities that staff and partner agencies/organizations share include:
collaborative research projects
protection of trust resources
Many research interests are shared between service and NOAA scientists, and collaborative research projects have been conducted in the past. Additionally, NOAA and the service share trust resource responsibilities for marine turtles.