The Service works with diverse partners who share interests in collaborative conservation through an effort called Species At Risk. The number of partners continues to grow, and includes state wildlife agencies; other federal agencies such as the Department of Defense and USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service; utilities and energy companies like Georgia Power and Southern Company; timber management companies and organizations such as the National Alliance of Forest Owners and the American Forest Foundation; nongovernmental organizations like the National Wildlife Federation; private landowners, tribes, and others.
We are prioritizing wildlife in need of conservation, promoting voluntary conservation, expanding partnerships with stakeholders, and improving data collection and sharing.
A sample of our partners is listed below, contact us if you would like to join the effort
Sr. Vice President, Forest Sustainability; Resource Management
Member, National Alliance of Forest Owners
Actively managed working forests provide conservation benefits for at-risk wildlife, especially those needing young forest, open canopy or riparian and aquatic habitats. National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO) members manage more than 45 million acres of working forests and are proud partners with the USFWS, state wildlife agencies, and other stakeholders on conservation of wildlife in the eastern United States, including the Canada lynx, gopher tortoise, wood turtle, Carolina gopher frog, and a wide variety of aquatic species. This collaborative effort helps conserve at risk and listed species while keeping working forests working. My company, Resource Management Service LLC believes this collaborative approach is the conservation path of the future.
Vice President of Environmental Affairs, Georgia Power Co.
At Georgia Power, we are looking forward to strengthening our partnership with US Fish and Wildlife Service and with Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Our actions are just one part of a broader effort to learn more about these species and design approaches based on sound scientific principles to benefit their recovery. Our efforts today go beyond those of just signing an agreement. We hope that others in industry and in the community will join us in our efforts surrounding proactive conservation.
Scot J. Williamson
Vice President, Wildlife Management Institute
Cooperative conservation started decades ago in the Northeast, spurred by waterfowl banding across the Atlantic Flyway. The states have continued this approach, mostly recently pooling some of their state wildlife grant funds to support regional needs. Administered by FWS and Wildlife Management Institute, the regional conservation needs project prioritizes research and management efforts for at-risk Species of Greatest Conservation Need, especially those that are most effectively achieved on a regional basis. This will improve how we manage wildlife resources across state lines, ownership and agencies.
George "Chuckie" Green
Assistant natural resources director for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, partner in New England cottontail initiative
Maintaining the environment is a part of my history, my culture, my life. To us, all creatures are our brothers and sisters. ... What we did, and what our partners are doing, achieves something people said can’t be done. But we’re doing it.
Retired surgeon, Alabama tree farmer
Having longleaf pines helps everything here -- tortoises, turkeys, snakes. They provide a great habitat. They're really pretty, too.
Environmental coordinator for the U.S. Department of Defense in the Southern Region
The military takes conservation seriously here in the Southeast. Our training and operations depend upon it. We must train as we fight. We want threatened and endangered species to thrive on and off military installations on public as well as private lands.