Coastal Program

Strategic Plan


The Strategic Plan for the Coastal Program consists of three parts, each developed cooperatively by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service headquarters, regional, and field office staffs and, most importantly, our stakeholders and partners.


Part 1, – the “Vision Document” describes our Program and five major goals that will guide program operations for the next five years. These five goals are intended to lead to the outcome of recovering and maintaining priority species populations.


Part 2, – the “Regional Work Plans” will identify geographic focus areas in each region, provide estimated annual project accomplishment targets, describe the anticipated benefits to priority species and how the program will support regional and national priorities.


Part 3, – the “National Summary Document,” will use regional plans as a base to describe a national overview of habitat priorities and five-year performance targets. The Program is the Service’s vanguard for voluntary, community-based stewardship efforts for fish and wildlife conservation. It is based on the premise that fish and wildlife conservation is a responsibility shared by citizens and government. We provide willing partners with technical and financial assistance to accomplish stewardship projects that benefit priority species. 


Five major goals have been identified as core components of our vision for the Program:

  1. Conserve habitat for the benefit of priority fish and wildlife species.  
  2. Broaden and strengthen partnerships
  3. Improve information sharing and communication.
  4. Enhance our workforce through training and development, and 
  5. Increase accountability to measure progress toward DOI, Service, and Program strategic goals and ensure that our actions are efficient and effective. 
We will continue to partner with other federal and state agencies, tribal and local governments, conservation organizations, the private sector, and private landowners. We also work closely with other Service programs to implement national conservation plans. Most importantly, the views and involvement of our stakeholders will continue to provide valuable guidance in the strategic planning process. For more information about each Region's strategic planning process, contact the Regional Coastal Program Coordinator.