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

sagebrush habitat in the western US, identified as "core sagebrush areas," "growth opportunity areas," and "other rangeland areas"
Our Partners
New Report Offers Path Forward for Interagency Efforts to Revive the West’s Disappearing Sagebrush Ecosystem
A report titled, "A Sagebrush Conservation Design to Proactively Restore America’s Sagebrush Biome,” developed by a team of scientists from several agencies and partners published today. The report provides a product designed to boost efforts by land and wildlife managers to restore and conserve...
A cluster of bright red berries nestled in a green pod handing from a plant stem
Wildflower of the Week-Arrow Arum
Arrow arum is a wetland wildflower that is producing ripe berries right now on Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
A freshwater mussel on a stream bottom
Endangered Species Act
Snorkel surveys monitor for freshwater mussels
Squeezing into wetsuits, defogging snorkel masks, and plunging into chilly rivers is a typical routine for biologists and students surveying for freshwater mussels.
whiskered nutria rodent peers out from marsh grass
Habitat Restoration
Good riddance to bad rodents
After 20 years of work, the Chesapeake Bay Nutria Eradication Project (CBNEP) has finally achieved its mission of completely removing the invasive nutria rodent from its region, where it destroyed thousands of acres of marshland, totaling damages exceeding $6 million. They celebrated this victory...
Pond with a distant boardwalk and building on the left.
Our Partners
Upcoming Updates will Refocus Mission & Vision of Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center
The National Elk Refuge is working with our partners, including the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, Grand Teton Association, U.S. Forest Service, and the National Park Service, to reimagine its visitor services role in the valley and refocus the operations of the existing Visitor Center to better...
Gray alligator head photo with eye wide open in green grass
Alligator Eye
Alligators have cool methods to regulate their body temperature

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.