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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Service invites public input on Marine National Monument Management Plan
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites public input on Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument Management planning
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Endangered Species Act
$6.5M in Reimbursement Funds for Endangered Species Care on Way
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums are announcing nearly $6.5 million in the third wave of reimbursements under the Endangered Species COVID-19 Relief program, funded by the American Rescue Plan.
Varied shades of brown raptor siting on tree branch
Merlins are compact, fast-flying falcons
A statuette of a jaguar on a wooden pase
Our People
Special agents receive Clark R. Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement Award
At an international meeting focused on wildlife trade regulations across the globe, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service law enforcement officials and collaborators were honored for their commitment to helping keep the trade legal.
A group of about a dozen small triangular shellfish in shallow water.
Draft recovery plan for yellow lance mussel available for public review 
A draft recovery plan for the freshwater mussel, Yellow Lance (Elliptio lanceolata) is available for public review and comment until December 21, 2022. The yellow lance faces a variety of threats from declines in water quality, loss of stream flow, riparian and instream habitat fragmentation, and...
People gathered around a table making crafts
Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery's 2022 Holiday Open House
Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery's Holiday Open House is back after 2 years! Participants enjoyed a day of ornament/craft making, warm beverages, and fun!

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.