3 Coastal Program
Program focuses the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's efforts in bays,
estuaries and watersheds around the U.S.
coastline. The purpose of the Coastal Program is to conserve fish and
wildlife and their habitats to support healthy coastal ecosystems.
The Service provides funding through the program to 16 high-priority
coastal ecosystems. Within Region 3, the coastal program focuses efforts
on the Great Lakes.
Lakes Coastal Program is working to avoid further species declines by enhancing
coastal areas and securing funding for conservation, including habitat
features non-regulatory, partnership-based efforts to achieve its
mission to conserve healthy coastal ecosystems for the benefit of
fish, wildlife and people within the Great Lakes basin. It accomplishes
this through cooperative partnerships that identify, restore and
protect habitat in priority coastal areas. It works with a variety
of partners, including other Federal and State agencies, local and
tribal governments, businesses, conservation organizations and private
The program is guided by 4 goals:
- Serve coastal communities by providing assessment and planning
tools to identify priority habitats that should be protected and
- Conserve pristine coastal habitats through voluntary conservation
and locally-initiated land acquisition.
- Restore degraded coastal
wetland, upland, and stream habitats by working with partners to
implement on-the-ground projects.
- Focus resources through conservation
alliances that leverage the financial and technical resources of
our partners and multiply
the impact of
the taxpayer's dollar.
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