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Natural resource managers have long desired to obtain user friendly, management directed answers from research results. Through partnerships with researchers, cooperative projects, and management hosted endeavors, mutually beneficial outcomes have been accomplished that provide quantifiable data and applicable direction for both research and management professionals. Often times, projects conducted by managers are further facilitated by having research associated elements, which provide support and justification through science-based monitoring and assessment to evaluate outcomes and results. This information transfer from researchers to managers has been an evolving relationship cultured through understanding by both parties of needs, limitations, feasibility, and applicability. Flexibility and compromise by managers and researchers have been an integral part of this process as well. Numerous examples of successful ventures between managers and researchers have occurred, where research has been facilitated by the managers hosting these projects, while managers have benefited by site-specific data of implemented management actions.