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

Hands hold a container with a black and orange beetle
Our Partners
How Lou Perrotti became American burying beetles' Recovery Champion
Every June, Lou Perrotti packs his bags for Nantucket, a small island off the coast of Massachusetts known as a summer beach destination. He isn’t going for the beaches. He’s going for the beetles.
Close up shot of eugenia woodburyana's red and yellow-green fruit.
Endangered Species Act
Service Finalizes Reclassification of Puerto Rican Tree
When Eugenia woodburyana was first listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1994, only 45 trees could be found in Puerto Rico, its only known location. Today, surveys show that there are well over 3,200 trees with 73 percent of them occurring in areas that are managed for...
Close up shot of eugenia woodburyana's red and yellow-green fruit.
Endangered Species Act
Reclassifying Eugenia woodburyana Tree from Endangered to Threatened - Frequently Asked Questions
When Eugenia woodburyana was first listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1994, only 45 trees could be found in Puerto Rico, its only known location. Today, surveys show that there are well over 3,200 trees with 73 percent of them occurring in areas that are managed for...
A Puerto Rican harlequin butterfly rests on a flower of sea grapes.
Endangered Species Act
Final Listing, Critical Habitat, and 4(d) Rule for the Puerto Rican Harlequin Butterfly - Frequently Asked Questions 
The Service is finalizing the listing, critical habitat, and 4(d) rule for the Puerto Rican harlequin butterfly.
A Puerto Rican harlequin butterfly rests on a flower of sea grapes.
Endangered Species Act
Service to List Rare Puerto Rican Butterfly as Threatened under Endangered Species Act
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is listing the Puerto Rican harlequin butterfly, a rare, medium-sized butterfly native to the northern and west-central regions of Puerto Rico, as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). With this listing, the Service will also designate 41,266 acres in...
A Puerto Rican harlequin butterfly rests on a flower of sea grapes.
Endangered Species Act
Listado Final para la Mariposa Arlequín de Puerto Rico, Hábitat Critico Final, y Regla 4(d) - Preguntas Frecuentes
Hoy, el Servicio Federal de Pesca y Vida Silvestre designa la mariposa arlequín de Puerto Rico como especie amenazada bajo la Ley Federal de Especies en Peligro de Extinción (ESA, por sus siglas en inglés). La mariposa arlequín de Puerto Rico es una especie rara, de tamaño mediano, nativa de las...

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.