Ready to Use and Available Nationally

Dutcher's Cove estuary, Pierce County, Washington

Dutcher's Cove, Pierce County, Washington

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pacific Region (Region 1) released a portal on the Conservation Registry which tracks and maps the Section 6 Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund land acquisition projects in the Region 1 states of Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, and National Coastal Wetlands projects as a pilot in Washington. A feature of the portal is to highlight the accomplishments of partners in each project. View portal here.

The Cooperative Endangered Species Fund is part of Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act, which makes grants to U.S. states and territories who are undertaking voluntary projects to protect candidate, threatened and endangered species. These awards include conservation grants, recovery land acquisitions and habitat conservation plans. Read about this program here. The National Coastal Wetlands Project grants are used to acquire and restore coastal wetlands and adjacent uplands for the conservation of fish, wildlife and their habitat. Read more.

“We chose to use the Registry to track and map our National Coastal Wetlands Project grants and Section 6 land acquisition grants as a pilot project for these nationwide programs because the Registry is ready to use and available nationally,” said Joanne Stellini, biologist with the USFWS in Washington state, who is heading up the use of the Conservation Registry for the Pacific region. “Our Registry portal allows us and our state agency partners to showcase our accomplishments and keep the public up to date on conservation where they live.”

U.S. FWS project polygons (purple) in context with other Registry projects.

USFWS project polygons (purple) in context with other Registry projects.

The Conservation Registry is a preferred tracking and visualization tool for federal and state agencies and organizations with portals because of the Registry’s ease of use and ability to present project locations and data in context with other efforts being undertaken in the region. It also presents partnership information so users can see how private, state and federal dollars are working together to preserve and protect out treasured natural resources.

View Lily Point Acquisition project: See what almost a dozen partner organizations and agencies can do when they work together in Washington state.

Zumwalt Prairie: In one of the most delicate prairie habitats, USFWS and The Nature Conservancy are working together to preserve habitats for the federally threatened Spalding’s catchfly plant and Snake River steelhead.