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US Fish and Wildlife Service

United States Fish and Wildlife Service

USFWS is dedicated to the management of fish, wildlife, and habitats. The mission of the agency reads as “working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.”

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Conservation Banking
Conservation banks are permanently protected lands that contain natural resource values. These lands are conserved and permanently managed for species that are endangered, threatened, candidates for listing as endangered or threatened, or are otherwise species-at-risk. Link
Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program
Habitat restoration cost-sharing program for private landowners. The program was established to provide technical and financial assistance to conservation minded farmers, ranchers and other private (nonfederal and nonstate) landowners who wish to restore fish and wildlife habitat on their land. Link
Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund A program to promote the conservation of species listed under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). In Washington State it is administered in cooperation with two state agencies: the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Link
Fisheries Restoration and Irrigation Mitigation Act (FRIMA) Program seeks to match federal funds with local, state, and tribal programs to increase native fish survival, reduce entrainment in existing water distribution systems, and increase access to productive fish habitat by constructing fish screening and passage projects. Link
National Fish Passage Program The program uses a voluntary, non-regulatory approach to remove and bypass barriers. Link
National Wildlife Refuge Challenge Cost Share Program provides limited financial and technical assistance to private landowners for enhancing or restoring degraded or converted wetlands, riparian areas, or other critical habitats.  USFWS staff seek private landowners and other non-federal partners for projects that complement activities on Refuges. Link
North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Small Grants Provides grants to public-private and state-federal partnership projects to acquire, restore, enhance, and manage wetland habitats, particularly those most important for migratory birds. Link
Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program The Partners for Fish and Wildlife program offers technical and financial assistance to private landowners wishing to restore fish and wildlife habitats. The focus is on re-establishing historic native communities. Link
Coastal Wetlands Act This competitive program provides funding for long-term conservation of coastal wetland ecosystems by helping States and Territories to protect, restore and enhance coastal habitats. Link