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Habitat Restoration


Habitat restoration is an essential part of preserving Washington's fish and wildlife resources and it's one of our priorities here at the Washington Fish and Wildlife Office.  Here are the various ways in which we work to accomplish restoration. 



  • Partners for Fish & Wildlife

    Tidal channel after one year restored by Partners Program.

    Partners for Fish & Wildlife is a pro-active program that promotes voluntary participation by landowners and provides financial and technical assistance for planning and implementing habitat improvements on their property.

    This program delivers on-the-ground habitat restoration projects that benefit migratory birds, threatened and endangered species, anadromous fish and marine mammals. Projects restore and enhance degraded habitat and, in some cases, create new habitat. 

    We work with a variety of partners including private landowners, tribes, state and local governments, non-government organizations, corporations and educational institutions. 

    See some of the great projects we're working on!

  • Coastal Program

    Photo of Louisiana Swamp before restoration

    The mission of the Coastal Program is to protect and recover threatened and endangered species, migratory birds, and inter-jurisdictional fish - known as Federal Trust Species - by supporting voluntary restoration and the enhancement of high priority coastal habitats.

    Learn more

  • Fisheries & River Restoration

    Photo of a long-tailed weasel swimming (Photo credit: George Gentry)

    Providing expertise, coordination, and training to a broad range of partners enhances stream restoration efforts and maximizes benefits to aquatic species and their habitats. This interdisciplinary, collaborative approach achieves much more than the USFWS, or any single agency or organization, would be able to accomplish on its own. Like the range and complexity of the river systems that we seek to restore, these diverse partnerships are the key to long-term recovery of our aquatic environment.

    Chehalis Fisheries Restoration Program

    National Fish Passage Program

    USFWS Fish and Aquatic Conservation

  • Natural Resource Damage Assessment

    Tidal channel after one year restored by Partners Program.

    Quantifying damages to natural resources caused by the release of contaminants is done under the auspices of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) process. Ultimately, the results of an NRDA are used to procure the cost of those damages from the responsible party, and then the procured funds are used to restore injured habitats and resources.

    Restoring habitats and resources to the condition they would have been had the hazardous substances not been released, and to compensate the public for the loss of their use or enjoyment of natural resources is the ultimate goal of the NRDA process.

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