Partners are valuable allies to the the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and play a vital role in meeting the Service's conservation goals. We team up with private conservation organizations, state and federal agencies and tribes. Together, with the landowner, this collective shares funding, materials, equipment, labor and expertise to meet restoration goals and our conservation mission.

Partnership Categories

Great things happen when partners are matched with the right opportunities. That's why we work with many types of partners at FWS from local businesses and conservation groups to veterans and large industry partners. Here are just a few of the Partner Categories working with FWS today.

We frequently partner with academia to further the conservation of and research into the stewardship of many species.

We often partner with non-governmental conservation organizations on conservation projects, whether it's to conserve identified species such as the monarch butterfly or to advise on land acquisition for conservation so that it has the greatest benefit for species.

We partner with these groups to help them conduct their commercial activities in a way that best promotes conservation.

We work with other federal agencies to help them meet their legal responsibilities as well as their mission.

Friends groups are organizations of community members committed to helping national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries meet conservation goals that would otherwise be out of reach. 

Our Partners

Here are just a few of our national partners.  You can view the full list of FWS partners, along with the regions and areas of focus our work together entails.

Latest Stories About Our Partners

Several conifer trees with a foggy background
Habitat Restoration
Snapshot: Experts Come Together to Develop Strategy for Red Spruce Restoration
Natural resource experts visit North Carolina's Black Mountains to Begin Developing a Strategy for Spruce Restoration.
Brown & white barred owl perched on large limb
Conspicuously Owlentine
This summer, there are barred owls on Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge exhibiting their diurnal nature. They have been frequently seen throughout the day.
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Endangered Species Act
Service Announces Availability of Draft Recovery Plan for Plant Native to Puerto Rico
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is announcing the availability of a draft recovery plan for the endangered plant, Gonocalyx concolor, a plant native to Puerto Rico.
a bright red flower with green leaves
Endangered Species Act
El Servicio Anuncia la Disponibilidad del Borrador del Plan de Recuperación para una Planta Nativa de Puerto Rico
El Servicio Anuncia la Disponibilidad del Borrador del Plan de Recuperación para una Planta Nativa de Puerto Rico.
a silvery-blue butterfly with black margin wings sitting on green vegetation
Endangered Species Act
Karner blue butterfly recovery in New Hampshire
Efforts to protect the endangered Karner blue benefit other at-risk butterflies
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Our People
Tried-and-true friend: Cindy Heffley
For Friends of Prime Hook President Cindy Heffley, her friendship with the Service spans a career and a lifetime.

Partnership Services

Through our partnerships we are able to expand our capabilities through the inclusion of services in areas such as:

  • Grant opportunities
  • Sponsorship of grants
  • Cooperative Agreements

To find out more about how our partner provides services view our partner services below.