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The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Fire Management Program is responsible for protecting and restoring lands in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa and Pacific Islands territories.

Keeping Good Company:
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Nature Conservancy


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) have worked together for decades on fire projects across the country. This partnership is important on a practical level, with fire experts working together toward a common goal, but it also demonstrates the interwoven missions of both the FWS and TNC when it comes to fire on the land.

With that in mind here are a few recent examples of our fire partnerships:

  • DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge:  The FWS and TNC have worked since 1999 to do the legwork it takes to help restore the unique prairie ecosystems found in this 640,000 acre Iowa refuge. DeSoto refuge has partnered with TNC to establish a fully equipped fire program, including fire caches throughout the seven county area, a fully equipped wildland fire engine, and a fire boss with seasonal fire crew to burn on private lands.
  • Seney National Wildlife Refuge: A Joint Fire Science project is underway at this Michigan refuge here to collect data on FWS and TNC lands. The Joint Fire Science Program is a partnership of six federal wildland, fire and research organizations, established in 1998 to provide scientific information and support for fuel and fire management programs.
  • At the National Interagency Prescribed Fire Training Center in Florida, TNC plays a significant role by providing a prescribed fire instructor.

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