How the Program Works
Landowners who wish to improve habitat on their property may request assistance from the Program at any time of the year. There is no application period. Landowners simply
contact a local Partners Program representative in their area. The landowner works
one-on-one with a local Partners biologist to design, fund and implement a project.
A cooperative agreement is developed between the Service and the landowner for a
minimum of ten years.
“Trout Unlimited - our staff and members in Oregon - are proud to be working with the Partners program in our efforts to conserve coldwater fish habitat in north coastal watersheds. Without the local knowledge and assistance we have received from Partners Program staff, our own work would be nowhere near as far along as it is. Trout Unlimited looks forward to a long and productive working relationship with US Fish & Wildlife and the Partners Program in Oregon”--Alan Moore, Acting Director, Pacific Salmon & Steelhead, Trout Unlimited (Clatsop Co)
In the Pacific Region, 15 biologists are available to work directly with landowners to plan and implement projects that will align the landowners’ land management objectives with habitat restoration priorities.
Projects are developed and selected at the local level, and priority is given to projects in Focus Areas that will
- Re-establish natural biological communities and ecological process ,
- Promote citizen and community-based stewardship efforts for fish and wildlife conservation,
- Contribute to the recovery of at-risk species,
- Protect the environmental integrity of the National Wildlife Refuges,
- Contribute to the implementation of the State Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategies, and
- Help achieve the objectives of regionally based fish or bird conservation plans (for example, Western Native Trout Initiative, North American Waterfowl Management Plan, Intermountain West Regional Shorebird Plan, etc.).
Click here to see a map of the Focus Areas for Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.
Click here to see a map of the Focus Areas for Hawaii and the Pacific Islands.
Click here to access the Pacific Region 2012-2016 Partners Program Strategic Plan for additional information on the Focus Areas and how the Partners Program works in the Pacific Region.
Who Can Partner?
• Individual private landowners
• Businesses and corporations
• Non-governmental organizations and non-profit entities
• Counties, cities and soil/water conservation districts
“The Partners program has been a great asset to Reclamation and the rest of the entities in the John Day Basin working on fish restoration issues. The flexibility of the Partners Program to work with local partners to provide funding for a variety of projects has helped fill in several funding gaps to assure projects were implemented”--Mark Croghan, Subbasin Liaison - John Day, Bureau of Reclamation (Grant and Wheeler Counties)
Types of Projects
A broad range of private land projects are possible. The Service is always interested in
new and inventive ways to provide conservation benefits. Some projects include wetland or riparian restoration; improved fish passage through in-stream work; invasive species control; and environmental education projects.
"I have been affiliated with the Fish and Wildlife Service's Partners Program for several years on various wildlife habitat enhancement projects. Of course, the financial assistance is very helpful, but professional technical assistance from Service biologists and engineers ensures the success of these projects. This is a terrific program that truly improves habitat to benefit Idaho's at-risk species." -- Alan Sands,
The Nature Conservancy,