Here again, public and private collaboration is vital. The good news is that it's underway. Thanks to public agency leadership by the Interior Department's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Maryland's Department of Natural Resources, as well as philanthropic partners — including the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Town Creek Foundation and Wildlife Conservation Society's Climate Adaptation Fund — the Blackwater/Chesapeake Marshlands Complex National Wildlife Refuge has become a climate adaptation hub. With conservation partners like The Conservation Fund, Audubon MD-DC and local landowners, the refuge is testing strategies to slow the rates of salt marsh loss, identify and protect marsh migration corridors, and help natural areas and human communities adapt more successfully to the changing landscape.