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Partners for Fish and Wildlife

Partners for Fish and Wildlife

Partners for Fish and Wildlife, a funding source made available through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, provides technical and financial assistance to private landowners to restore fish and wildlife habitats on their land.  Presently, the USFWS has made Partners funding available through the Soil and Water Conservation Committee and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.  The program focuses on restoring, protecting or enhancing private property for Federal trust resources (e.g. migratory birds, endangered and threatened species, wetlands, floodplains, streams and riparian areas).  Examples of projects include, but are not limited to, the restoration of degraded wetlands, native grasslands, streams, riparian areas, longleaf pine ecosystems and other habitats to their natural condition. 

Project requirements include that restoration or enhancement activities take place on private property, the landowner must sign an agreement to retain the management activity in place for at least 10 years, the total project cost share should be limited to $25,000 and  provide either in-kind or non-Service funds (usually 50% of total project cost).  A minimal amount of acreage is not required.

The application process includes a site visit with the landowner to develop a project proposal. The proposal is then reviewed by U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Soil and Water Conservation Committee and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries personnel.  Upon approval, an agreement is signed by all parties and sent to the Service for final approval and processing.  The landowner can then begin project construction and is reimbursed based on the cost share identified in the agreement.       

Interested landowners can contact Traci George, Landowner Incentive Program Coordinator, at 334-353-0503 or Traci.George@dcnr.alabama.gov.

More information on Partners for Fish and Wildlife can be found at http://www.fws.gov/partners/.

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