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Partners for Fish and Wildlife

Elepaio on branch

The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program is part of the Conservation Partnerships Program, a collection of voluntary habitat restoration programs with the goal of restoring native Pacific Island ecosystems through collaborative projects.


    What is the Partners Program?

    The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program assists private landowners to voluntarily establish, restore, or enhance native species habitat. Landowners typically work with a partner organization as well as a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) biologist on the project. Projects can include but are not limited to, fence construction, invasive species control, out-planting of native plants, and restoration of ecosystem elements such as hydrology as in the case of wetlands and stream corridors.

    Is my project eligible for Partners?

    Private and county land, as well as Department of Hawaiian Homelands are all eligible. Projects are prioritized based on their benefit in: establishing native habitat, supporting endangered, threatened, candidates or species proposed for listing, responding to the needs of declining migratory birds and/or fish species, and projects that buffer National Wildlife Refuges and other protected areas.

    Project Budget

    Projects $25,000 or under are preferred, however waivers are available. Ideal projects are 1-3 years and focus on achieving parts of a larger project scope (such as fencing and weed control). Landowners who receive funding enter into a ten year cooperative agreement to maintain the habitat. Partners is a reimbursement program and projects with at least 1:1 match are preferred but not required.

    Where We Work

    The Partners Program can work in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Republic of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, and the Marshall Islands.

    For more information contact Malia Nanbara. 

    Partners for Fish and Wildlife Coordinator
    Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    300 Ala Moana Blvd., Room 3-122
    Honolulu, Hawai'i 96850
    (808) 792-9465




    Past Projects

    • ‘Elepaio (O‘ahu) - In 2012, a private landowner partnered with Pacific Rim Conservation and utilized $13,000 of Partner funds to install traps around O‘ahu ‘elepaio (Chasiempis ibidis) nesting locations. The O‘ahu ‘elepaio currently occupies less than 25% of its 1975 range and has declined in abundance by about 50% since the 1990s.
    • Keālia Beach (Maui) - Alexander and Baldwin worked with the Keālia National Wildlife Refuge and was awarded $50,000 from the Partners Program to install fences and barriers to prevent sea turtles from crossing the highway. This improved 4.5 acres of habitat for the endangered Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricate) or ‘ea in Hawaiian.
    • Nu‘u Pond (Hawai‘i)- The Partners Program contributed $8,000 to Kaupō Ranch, who coordinated with the State Division of Forestry and Wildlife to restore a wetland. 2.5 acres of wetland were improved by constructing cattle fencing, invasive plant removal, and native plant establishment for the endangered Hawaiian stilt or ae‘o (Himantopus mexicanus knudseni) and Hawaiian coot or ‘alae ke‘oke‘o (Fulica americana alai).


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