Through its Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service provides financial and technical assistance to private land owners, and local and tribal governments who want to improve fish and wildlife habitat on their land to benefit migratory birds and fish, and threatened and endangered species.
Type of assitance offered
Technical – The Asheville Field Office has a biologist dedicated to working with private landowners to improve fisn and wildlife habitat on their land. This biologist can conduct site visits, provide management recommendations, and help connect landowners with other government resources that may help in their land management.
Financial – Through its grant program, the Partners for Fish & Wildlife program funds habitat improvement efforts on private land. Private landowners work with Partners for Fish & Wildlife program biologists to develop proposals which compete against proposals from across the southeast.
Who qualifies for assistance?
All landowners except state and federal agencies can qualify for financial assistance. This includes individuals, family trusts, corporate owners, non-profit organizations, local governments, universities, and tribes. Technical assistance is availible to state and federal agencies.
Species that benefit
The Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program focuses on improving habitat for a group of plants and animals called federal trust resources – these include migratory birds and fish as well as threatened and endangered species.
Geographic focus areas
The Partners for Fish & Wildlife program has identified project focus areas based on the presence of imperiled species, guidance from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission’s wildlife action plan, input from partners, a successful track record for projects, and expectation of future success. The Asheville Field Office provides services to these focus areas:
Within the geographic focus areas there are priority habitat types, generally Appalachian bogs or streamside areas. These habitats are considered key in the conservation of the priority species and projects which benefit these habitats will have a greater likelihood of receiving support.
To participate in the program, the landowners commits to keep the land in the restored state for at least 10 years, and are encouraged to contribute to the project through cost-sharing or in-kind services.
What to do next
If you’ve a project in mind or are interested in learning more, contact Anita Goetz, Partners for Fish & Wildlife program coordinator for the Asheville Field Office at 828/258-3939, ext. 228, or email@example.com