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

green plants on a hillside
Endangered Species Act
Service Announces Availability of Final Recovery Plan for Agave Eggersiana
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the final recovery plan for Agave eggersiana, a plant know only from St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Guadalupe fescue
Endangered Species Act
Service Announces Availability of Final Recovery Plan for Guadalupe Fescue
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is announcing the availability of the final recovery plan for Guadalupe fescue (Festuca ligulata), a grass listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Cream-petaled with orange center Loblolly flowers next to green leaves
Beautiful Blossoms
Beautiful blossoms can be found on regional national wildlife refuges. While the photos were taken at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, these plants may also be found on Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge and other regional refuges
Waterfowl gather in a marsh at sunrise. Overhead more waterfowl fly. There are thick blue and grey clouds tinged in orance.
History and Culture
Harriet Tubman homestead discovered
In Spring of 2021 a team of archeologists confirmed the discovery of the homestead of Ben Ross, Harriet Tubman's father, on a newly acquired 2,691 acres of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Learn more about how conservation is helping archeologists and historians piece together a previously...
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.

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.