The CBNERR Stewardship Program has worked to foster partnerships in order to provide the region with more wide-ranging opportunities and leverage limited staff and resources. National, regional and local partnerships are important elements in order to fully implement stewardship strategies. At the national level, ERD staff coordinates the NERRS Stewardship Program with NGS, CO-OPS, the Restoration Center, CICEET and the CSC as well as other divisions of NOAA and other federal agencies. These partnerships concentrate on enhancing data networks,restoration projects, strategic planning, and providing support and training to reserves for local/regional program development and implementation. At the regional and local levels, partnerships are more variable and may include state Coastal Programs, local/regional universities, local and state government entities, and professional and other non-governmental organizations.