Partner for Fish & Wildlife
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is, by working with others, to conserve, protect, and enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. Since 1987, the Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife program helps accomplish this mission by offering technical and financial assistance to private (non-federal) landowners to voluntarily restore wetlands and other fish and wildlife habitats on their land.
The Partners for Fish and Wildlife program restoration efforts in the Willamette Valley are to restore globally imperiled oak woodland, savanna, grassland and wet prairie habitat and the 22 at risk species, including 11 listed species which depend on them. These declining habitat types support unique and significant biological diversity yet they are primarily in private ownership.
Our efforts are part of a large-scale restoration initiative to increase awareness of native habitats, restore diversity, contribute to recovery of listed species (including potential down- and de-listings), benefit key migratory bird habitats, enhance valuable open space, and preserve the historic character of the Willamette Valley in a manner compatible with its present day uses.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works with a wide variety of partners to restore wildlife habitat on private lands. These partners include other Federal agencies, Tribes, State and local governments, conservation organizations, academic institutions, businesses and industries, school groups, and private individuals.
The Need for The Partners Approach
Over 70 percent of our Nation’s landscape is in private ownership. The health of our fish and wildlife populations depend on habitat on private lands. To get involved or for further information, contact your nearest National Wildlife Refuge.