Idaho Fish and Wildlife Office
Pacific Region  

Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in Idaho:
A Conservation Program for Private Landowners


Silver Spring

Our nation’s private landowners are critical to the success of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s mission
to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats. The Service has many tools and
programs for conservation of fish, wildlife and plants on private lands.

The goal of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners Program is to work with private and Tribal
landowners who want to voluntarily improve fish, wildlife, and plant habitat on their lands.
The program provides cost-share funding and technical expertise to landowners, and landowners can
request assistance at any time of the year. The program’s focus is on improvement of wetland, riparian,
sagebrush/grasslands, wet-meadow, and aquatic habitats to benefit migratory birds, and threatened,
endangered and other sensitive or declining species.

Eligible Landowners
• Individual private landowners, Native American Tribes, corporations, schools, counties, cities,
and other groups.

• Projects on federal and state lands are not eligible.

Selection Criteria
• Projects are selected based on their benefits to wetland, riparian, sagebrush/grasslands,
wet-meadow, and aquatic habitats for migratory birds, threatened or endangered species, and
sensitive or declining species.

• Project selection occurs at the local level based on identified priorities.

• The intent of the program is to improve native fish, wildlife, and plant habitats; plantings and
seedings should generally consist of native species.

• Partners funds may not be used on habitat improvement projects being implemented for mitigation
purposes under any federal or state regulatory program.

Program Application
• Landowners can request assistance at any time during the year.  There is no application period.

• Service personnel will help the landowner develop the project proposal and application, including an
agreement between the landowner and the Service, or will meet with the landowner to provide
technical assistance.

• Landowners interested in becoming a Partner simply contact the Partners Program representative: 1-208-378-5742

Program Pas
• Landowners receive reimbursement for the Service’s portion of the project cost after the work is completed.

• A 50:50 cost-share ratio is targeted, but some flexibility is allowed.

• The Partners Program can contribute up to $25,000 in cost-share funds per project.

Partnerships: Can Others Contribute?
• The Partners Program can cost-share with anyone to help finance a habitat improvement project.
Funding can come from landowners, other federal agencies, state and local agencies, soil and
water conservation districts, and non-governmental agencies such as land trusts, Ducks Unlimited,
Pheasants Forever, or other environmental/natural resource organizations.

• Cost-share funding from others can be in the form of “in-kind” as well as cash.

• Federal, state, and local governmental agencies or private organizations can act as intermediaries
for the Service in arranging and carrying out habitat improvement projects by entering into
Cooperative Agreements.

National Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program

Partners Publications and Reports

Other Programs for Private Landowners

Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program Strategic Planning

Proposed Idaho Strategic Plan (Comments due by June 30, 2011)

The Partners Program is currently undergoing a strategic planning process. The 2006 national Strategic Plan that served to guide program operations from 2007 to 2011 will be replaced by a new plan that will direct program operation for the next five years from 2012 to 2017.

During this planning effort, information will be gathered from a variety of stakeholders to help the Service identify fish, wildlife, and plant issues and challenges. Partner and other stakeholders will be able to provide comment regarding the future direction of the Partners Program, and how we can best work with landowners.

The revised Strategic Plan will include modifications to our current geographic focus areas, provide estimated annual project accomplishment targets, and describe anticipated conservation benefits to fish, wildlife, and plant species. As part of this Strategic Planning Process, we have identified eight proposed Partners Program Focus Areas in Idaho where Idaho Partners Program staff may possibly concentrate technical assistance and cost-share habitat improvement funding efforts over the next five years.

How to Comment on the Idaho Strategic Plan

We value our stakeholders and partners, and want to hear from you on our proposed direction. Please provide your comments on the proposed Strategic Plan for Idaho’s Partners Program by close of business June 30, 2011.

• Mail: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Idaho Partners Program, 1387 South Vinnell Way, Boise, Idaho 83709
• Fax: 208-378-5262 with the subject line: Idaho Partners Program
• Email: with the subject line: Idaho Partners Program
• To request hard copy or CD documents: contact Dennis Mackey , Idaho Partners Program Coordinator or call 208-378-5267.

Idaho Statewide Focus Areas

Proposed Idaho Statewide Focus Areas Map (PDF 4 MB)

Pend Oreille Map (PDF 2 MB)
Narrative (PDF 188 KB)

Palouse-Clearwater Map (PDF 2 MB)
Narrative (PDF 188 KB)

Weiser Map (PDF 2 MB)
Narrative (PDF 188 KB)

Owyhee Map (PDF 2 MB)
Narrative (PDF 188 KB)

Danskin-Wood Rivers Map (PDF 2 MB)
Narrative (PDF 188 KB)

Salmon-Lost Rivers Map (PDF 2 MB)
Narrative (PDF 188 KB)

Upper Snake River Map (PDF 2 MB)
Narrative (PDF 188 KB)

Bear River Map (PDF 2 MB)
Narrative (PDF 188 KB)

Supplemental Information
Proposed Areas, Methods of Determination, Project Design and Implementation and References (PDF 576 KB)


National Partners Strategic Plan, Part 1 of 3 (2006) (PDF 2 MB)

Last updated: August 12, 2014