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

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Endangered Species Act
Orphaned Fisher Kit Receives Critical Care
Sometimes the care of endangered species is unexpected. That was the case for staff at Fresno Chaffee Zoo and Yosemite National Park when they took in a six-week-old Southern Sierra Nevada fisher that was found abandoned in its den in the Sierra National Forest. Thankfully, multiple organizations...
A view inside a lab. A woman wearing purple nitrile gloves places genetic material into a bright green tray.
Science and Technology
Nature's Symphony: Genetic Discovery and Conservation
Experience cutting-edge technology as it identifies the home waters of threatened bull trout and unravels the complex tapestry of life's interconnectedness. Abernathy Fish Technology Center's voyage of rapid-response genetic analysis sheds light on the wonders of biodiversity, igniting our...
A boat is pictured in the middle of a tree lined river
Service Provides Over $2.3 Million to Benefit Recreational Boaters in California and Nevada
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is distributing more than $2.3 million in Clean Vessel Act grants to improve water quality and increase opportunities for fishing and safe swimming in the waterways of California and Nevada. By helping recreational boaters properly dispose of sewage, this year’s...
large fish swimming upstream
Endangered Species Act
Draft Environmental Assessment for the Swan River Valley Bull Trout Recovery Project Available for Public Comment
Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is announcing the availability of a draft Environmental Assessment for the Swan River Valley Bull Trout Recovery Project. The draft EA is open for a 30-day public comment period from Wednesday, June 12 to Thursday, July 11, 2024.
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Our Partners
Deputy Director Steve Guertin Presents 2023 Presidential Migratory Bird Federal Stewardship Award
The Council for the Conservation of Migratory Birds is pleased to announce the winner of the 2023 Presidential Migratory Bird Federal Stewardship Award: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, was honored at this year’s annual...
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Land Management
Klamath Basin Restoration: Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Projects
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, enacted in November 2021, is a once-in-a-generation investment in the nation’s infrastructure and economic competitiveness. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was directly appropriated $455 million, with the Klamath Basin set to receive $162 million of this...

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.