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Partners For Fish and Wildlife Program

Trees in stream (Credit: Sierra Franks/FWS)

The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program is the Service’s lead program for working with private landowners to voluntarily restore and conserve fish and wildlife habitat. Using non-regulatory incentives, the Partners Program engages willing partners to conserve and protect valuable fish and wildlife habitat on their property and in their communities. This is accomplished by providing the funding, technical, and planning assistance needed to make on-the-ground conservation affordable, feasible, and effective.  


  • Recognizing that conservation on private lands could be enhanced by technical expertise and financial resources, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service established the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in 1987 to help private landowners with habitat restoration on their property. This cost-share program focuses on improving wetland, riparian, in-stream, fish passage, sage-steppe, grassland and aquatic habitats that provide benefits to migratory birds, threatened or endangered species, and other sensitive and declining species.

    Any private or Tribal landowner is eligible.  The program cannot fund projects that occur on state or federal lands.  Partnerships with other agencies or organizations are encouraged to increase project effectiveness. Cooperators sign an agreement to retain project components for at least 10 years but otherwise retain full control of their land.

    Focus habitats and areas in Washington include Puget Sound prairie and oak woodlands, habitat adjacent to Western Washington National Wildlife Refuges, the Methow and Yakima watersheds, the Columbia Plateau and the Channeled Scablands/Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge Stewardship Area. 

    Typical projects are on the ground actions that benefit native, threatened Puget Sound prairie species (Mazama pocket gopher, streaked horned lark, Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly, golden paintbrush), Oregon spotted frog, sage grouse and their associated habitats.  The program also supports the removal of invasive species and replanting with native species, and forest, riparian, wetland and stream habitat restoration.

    Project examples:

    Tenino Ranch Restoration 

    Norby Fence Removal 


    • USFWS PFW State Coordinator: Nick George, (360) 753-9440
    • Central Washington: USFWS Kim Veverka (509) 665-3508


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