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Outdoor Classroom or Schoolyard Habitat
Climate Change
Strategic Habitat Conservation
Gulf Coast Restoration Initiative
Working Lands for Wildlife
Island Conservation

Definition: Chose this option if the project is located on an island or directly benefits an island (e.g., wave break for a barrier island), and provide a brief description of how the project benefits the island ecosystem. Recognizing the importance of island ecosystems, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service along with Island Conservation and other partners adopted the Island Restoration Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote conservation on islands. Although this MOU specifically focuses on invasive species, the Service is documenting all our conservation activities on islands.

Use: This information will support interagency information requests, as well as outreach materials.

Ocean/MarineDefinition: Chose this option if the project is done in a marine or tidal environment (NOTE: waters of the Great Lakes are considered marine), and/or if the primary project purpose is to benefit a marine ecosystem or species.  Provide a brief description of how the project benefits the marine ecosystem/species. Consider describing how the project may have social or cultural benefits as well (e.g., improved fishing). Some project examples include; oyster reefs, coral reefs, sea grass beds, and mangroves.  Other projects could include those done within a Coral Reef Task Force watershed, marine debris removal, or projects done specifically for a marine species (e.g. fish passage projects for salmon).  

Use: This information will support interagency reporting requirements on marine debris, ocean acidification, marine mammals, and US Coral Reef Task Force working groups, as well as to outreach materials.

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

FWS Involvement


Performance Habitat Type

Domain Values

UplandLand or an area of land lying above the level where water flows or where flooding occurs.
WetlandLands transitional between terrestrial and aquatic systems where the water table is usually at or near the surface or the land is covered by shallow water. For purposes of this classification, wetlands must have one or more of the following three attributes: (1) at least periodically the land supports predominantly hydrophytes; (2) the substrate is predominantly undrained hydric soils; and (3) the substrate is non-soil and is saturated with water or covered by shallow water at some time during the growing season of each year (Cowardin et al. 1979). By definition wetlands include areas meeting specific criteria included in the 1987 Corps of Engineers Wetlands Delineation Manual, as well as in the USDA-NRCS’s National Food Security Act Manual (FWS FY 2003 Annual Performance Plan,
Other (Structures)
Stream ChannelThe area between the two stream banks at bankfull elevation (hydrologic floodplain). Stream channel accomplishments should be measured and reported by the linear distance along the channel covered by the project.

Overlay Protection Holder


Domain Values

Migratory BirdsThe US Fish & Wildlife Service is mandated to protect and restore migratory birds and their habitats under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Migratory Bird Conservation Act of 1918 and 1929, respectively. The Service's list of migratory birds includes more than 800 species, representing every bird native to the United States (regardless of their migratory behavior), with the exception of the order of birds which includes grouse and turkey.
Threatened/Endangered/Candidate SpeciesAny species that is listed under the Endangered Species Act and receives the protection of the Endangered Species Act.
Interjurisdictional FishThe Service is responsible under the Anadromous Fish Conservation Act of 1965 as amended authorizes the Secretaries of the Interior and Commerce to enter into cooperative agreements with the States and other non-Federal interests for conservation, development, and enhancement of anadromous fish, including those in the Great Lakes. Inter-jurisdictional fish are populations that are managed by two or more states, nations or Native American tribal governments because of their geographic distribution or migratory patterns. Inter-jurisdictional fish are not necessarily migratory, but can move either short or long distances between political jurisdictions in the completion of their life cycles.
Trust Lands
Service Lands
Tribal Lands
Marine MammalsThe Service is responsible, under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 for the conservation of walrus, polar bears, sea otters, dugongs and manatees.
International Species (CITES)The species of concern include all wildlife listed on the CITES, foreign species listed under the Endangered Species Act, and any wildlife collected or exported illegally from its country of origin.
Non-Federal Trust Species


Secretarial Order Type

Domain Values

Hunting & Fishing (SO3356)SO3356 pertains to hunting, fishing, recreational shooting, and wildlife conservation opportunities and coordination with states, tribes and territories.  For our purposes we are only tracking hunting and fishing.   If your accomplishment is on land where the landowner allows hunting and fishing you will choose this SO option.  If the hunting and fishing is public accessible then you will check the public box.  If the hunting and fishing is not open to the public but there are special activities such as a youth fishing derby or a hunting club then that would be explained in the special activities comment box.  
Migration Corridors (SO3362)

SO3362 pertains to improving habitat quality in winter range and migration corridors for specific western big-game (listed in the subtype field).  If you are in one of the 11 western states (AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA or WY) this secretarial order could pertain to you.  Although there is funding tied to this secretary order, there are times you may do related work that is not funded.  

Funded - In order to identify and track which accomplishments were paid for with the specific funding, a naming convention will be applied.  "SO3362-(Name of the State)(Type of Restoration), For example: SO3362-Colorado Wildlife Friendly Fencing.  You would also choose this SO option for your accomplishment and list which big game species is benefited.  In the financials section of your accomplishment you will choose SO3362-1121 as the Special Funding Category.

Not Funded -  If there is SO3362 related work being done on your accomplishment BUT none of the special funding is used, you will NOT use the naming convention but will still choose the SO option and list which big game species is benefited.

Secretarial Order Subtype


Upper Klamath River Basin
Fish Habitat Restoration Funds
Invasive Alien Species Control - General Base
Everglades/South Florida
State of Hawaii Invasive Species Control
Georgia Streambank Restoration
Lower Klamath River Basin
Pacific Northwest Salmon - R1
Environmental Data Quality and Access (WA Salmon Recovery)
WA Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups
Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group
Long Live the Kings
Pacific Northwest Salmon - R1
Tampa  Panhandle Field Offices
Maine Lakes Milfoil Invasive Project w/ St. Joseph's College
Nat Res Econ Enterprise Program /MSU
Green River Basin (HLI)
Climate Change
Cooperative Recovery Initiative - 1430
Cooperative Recovery Initiative - 1113
Cooperative Recovery Initiative - 1121
Cooperative Recovery Initiative - 1261
Cooperative Recovery Initiative - 1335
Monarch Initiative - 1112
Monarch Initiative - 1115
Monarch Initiative - 1121
Monarch Initiative - 1122
Monarch Initiative - 1124
Monarch Initiative - 1125
Monarch Initiative - 1220
Monarch Initiative - 1231
Monarch Initiative - 1234
Monarch Initiative - 1261
Monarch Initiative - 1262
Monarch Initiative - 1263
Monarch Initiative - 1264
Monarch Initiative - 1265
Monarch Initiative - 1311
Monarch Initiative - 1321
Monarch Initiative - 1334
Monarch Initiative - 1335
Monarch Initiative - 1337
Monarch Initiative - 1410
Monarch Initiative - 1430
SO3362 - 1121

Partner Type

Domain Values


Partnerships established, developed or strengthened
Technical assistance recommendations implemented by others
Participation in watershed assessments or landscape level planning
Participation in cross-programmatic activities (e.g., SHA, Section 7, SHPO, Refuge Planning, NEPA) not delivered through the Coastal Program or Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program
General public
Non-governmental organization
Other federal agency
Scientific community
State and local government
Tribal / Indigenous
Expanding expertise within the program workforce
Professional Development (e.g., workshop, training, mentoring, detail)
Project monitoring
Technical Assistance

Technical Assistance is collaboration, facilitation or consulting action related to a habitat conservation, restoration, or enhancement project or initiatives where the biologist’s scientific knowledge, skills, and abilities are applied for a particular situation.  Technical Assistance activities should be recorded in this section only if there is no assistance document (e.g., FWS’s acquisition request, landowner or cooperative agreements, MOU’s) specifying Service contribution.  These activities could eventually become a Habitat Improvement project. If so, a new Habitat Improvement project should be created in HabITS and the Technical Assistance activities already recorded will be kept.

Congressional Outreach
Connect Youth to Nature
Staff Development
Produce/Publish Accomplishment Report


Goal 1 - Conserve HabitatConservation of habitat through on the ground reportable accomplishments or technical assistance.
Goal 2 - Broaden & Strengthen ParntershipsPartnershipsWork completed to broaden and strengthen partnerships to efficiently achieve voluntary habitat restoration on private lands through financial and technical assistance for the benefit of Federal Trust resources.
Goal 3 - Improve Info Sharing & Communication

Effectively sharing information with partners, decision-makers, the scientific community, and the public, and also effectively listening to the priorities and needs of others in order to build trust with landowners and other key partners.

Goal 4 - Enhance our Workforce

Acquiring or improving skills that support project managers unique skill set so that they can act with integrity to build trust and successful partnerships as well as have the necessary technical skills to lead the design and implementation of habitat restoration projects in often complex and sensitive environments.

Goal 5 - Increase AccountabilityEnsure that habitat restoration projects being implemented are successful according to their project objectives.

Unit Type

Domain Values



Domain Values

For Grant WritingGrant Writing are activities related to the development and submission of grant proposals to other Service’s programs, to other federal, state, local government agency, or to private organization.  If the grant proposal includes habitat improvement activities, the on-the-ground acres and/or miles potentially affected should be entered.  If the grant proposal is approved then, this should eventually be recorded and the date of approval stated.  In cases where a grant proposal is approved and becomes an on-the-ground project (s), this should be recorded as new project within the Habitat Improvement module in HabITS.
Implement Prescribed Fire
FWS Project Planning
Assistance Internal (FWS)
Assistance to External Partners (non FWS)