Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office
A Unit of the
Pacific Southwest Region
Ecological Services | California

Conservation Partnerships

Who We Are

The Conservation Partnerships team consists of the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program (PFW) and the Coastal Program.  These are voluntary habitat restoration programs that strive to restore native habitats of California through collaborative partnerships. This is accomplished by working cooperatively with private landowners, community groups, conservation organizations, and other government agencies.

Our team can provide cost-share funds and technical assistance to our partners. Our biologists can also provide information on habitat restoration techniques, native species, additional funding sources, and more!

Partners Wanted

The first step in becoming a partner is to contact us with ideas and questions. We look forward to working with selected applicants to develop a work plan together after an initial site visit is conducted.

How to Get Involved

  1. CONTACT A LOCAL PARTNERS OR COASTAL PROGRAM BIOLOGIST
    1. Projects are developed year round. To initiate the application process, contact a Partners Program or Coastal Program biologist. (See Contacts on the right)
    2. The biologist can discuss project ideas, answer questions, and schedule a site visit to eligible projects
  1. ARRANGE FOR A SITE VISIT
    1. The landowner and/or applicant and Partners/Coastal biologist meet on the property to evaluate restoration potential and discuss project objectives
    2. The biologist helps to determine habitat improvements that can be made on the property, including advice on design, techniques, work plan, and budget
  1. PROJECT SELECTION
    1. Funding decisions will generally be made by March. Inquire with the Partners/Coastal biologist in your area for the current status of funding decisions.
  1. DEVELOP A PROJECT WORK PLAN
    1. If a project is selected for funding, our biologists will work with you to develop a detailed project work plan, as needed.

Types of Projects

Highest priority projects are those that restore native habitat and provide long-term benefits to Federal trust species. These include anadromous fish, migratory birds, and rare or listed species. Examples of common project types include:

  1. Revegetation with native trees and shrubs
  2. Removing non-native vegetation
  3. Restoring ponds and other wetlands for native wildlife
  4. Livestock exclusion fencing and off-site watering
  5. Grassland restoration
  6. Improving fish passages and in-stream conditions for fish
  7. Restoring hydrology of streams and estuaries
  8. Supporting applied assessment, research and monitoring efforts focused on filling critical data gaps
  9. Supporting focused education/outreach efforts

In addition to forming partnerships with private landowners, we work with private organizations, and local, state, or other Federal government programs. The first step in becoming a partner is to contact us with ideas and questions.

Award Information

The Partners and Coastal Programs are not typical granting programs. We operate as a partner, not strictly a funding agency. Our biologists work closely with the landowner and/or applicant to identify, develop, coordinate, and implement habitat restoration projects. The program operates on a voluntary basis. We rely on landowners who want to restore their property. The landowners agree to maintain the restoration for at least ten years. Otherwise, they keep full control of their lands.

Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program
The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's habitat restoration, cost-sharing program for private landowners. The program was established to provide technical and financial assistance to conservation minded farmers, ranchers and other private (non-federal and non-state) landowners who wish to restore fish and wildlife habitat on their land. The Partners program is geared toward supporting smaller projects and providing seed money for larger ones. The maximum funding allowed per project is $25,000. Projects are required to have non-federal funding sources. This non-federal match of funding can be in cash or in-kind services. Projects with a higher non-Federal cost-share match are more competitive. Our biologist can help you find potential sources of cost-share. For more information, please visit the Pacific Southwest Region’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Homepage.

Coastal Program
The mission of the Coastal Program is to protect and recover Federal Trust Species (threatened and endangered species, migratory birds, and inter-jurisdictional fish) by supporting voluntary restoration and enhancement of high-priority coastal habitats. We partner with all groups, including other Federal programs (including Service programs), State agencies, Tribal and local governments, non-governmental organizations, businesses, industry, land trusts, nonprofit groups, and private landowners.  For more information, please visit the Pacific Southwest Region’s Coastal Program Homepage.

  Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program Coastal Program
Eligible Landowners
  • Private parties
  • Corporations
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Tribes
  • Cities
  • Counties
  • Schools
  • Private parties
  • Corporations
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Tribes
  • Cities
  • Counties
  • Schools
  • State and Federal entities
Cost-share Applicant must match Federal share. (The match can be in the form in-kind goods and services.) Applicant encouraged to match Federal share. (The match can be in the form in-kind goods and services.)
Funding Amounts From less than $1,000 to $25,000. Most awards are $5,000 to $18,000. We also provide technical assistance on project development. No monetary cap but resources are prioritized based on the needs of federal trust resources. We also provide technical assistance on project development
When to Apply Projects are developed year round. Funding decisions will generally be made by March. Projects are developed year round. Funding decisions will generally be made by March


Contacts

Shawn Milar, Central California Coastal Program Coordinator
(831) 648-0623, Shawn_Milar@fws.gov
1352 Lighthouse Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Colleen Grant, Coastal Program Biologist
(805) 677-3310, Colleen_Grant@fws.gov
2493 Portola Road, Suite B
Ventura, CA 93003

Mary Martin, Partners for Fish and Wildlife Biologist
(805) 677-3314, Mary_Martin@fws.gov
2493 Portola Road, Suite B
Ventura, CA 93003

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