Coastal Program

Coastal WetlandRegion 3 Coastal Program

The Coastal Program focuses the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's efforts in bays, estuaries and watersheds around the U.S. coastline. The purpose of the Coastal Program is to conserve fish and wildlife and their habitats to support healthy coastal ecosystems. The Service provides funding through the program to 16 high-priority coastal ecosystems. Within Region 3, the coastal program focuses efforts on the Great Lakes.

The Great Lakes Coastal Program is working to avoid further species declines by enhancing coastal areas and securing funding for conservation, including habitat restoration efforts.

The program features non-regulatory, partnership-based efforts to achieve its mission to conserve healthy coastal ecosystems for the benefit of fish, wildlife and people within the Great Lakes basin. It accomplishes this through cooperative partnerships that identify, restore and protect habitat in priority coastal areas. It works with a variety of partners, including other Federal and State agencies, local and tribal governments, businesses, conservation organizations and private landowners.

The program is guided by 4 goals:

  1. Serve coastal communities by providing assessment and planning tools to identify priority habitats that should be protected and restored.
  2. Conserve pristine coastal habitats through voluntary conservation easements and locally-initiated land acquisition.
  3. Restore degraded coastal wetland, upland, and stream habitats by working with partners to implement on-the-ground projects.
  4. Focus resources through conservation alliances that leverage the financial and technical resources of our partners and multiply the impact of the taxpayer's dollar.


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