Partners for Fish & Wildlife (Private Lands Program)
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is to work with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service's Partners for Fish and Wildlife program helps accomplish this mission by offering technical and financial assistance to private (non-federal) landowners to voluntarily restore wetlands and other fish and wildlife habitats on their land. The program emphasizes the reestablishment of native vegetation and ecological communities for the benefit of fish and wildlife in concert with the needs and desires of private landowners.
Lacreek NWR plays an active role in promoting the Service's Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program (PFW) in western South Dakota. The private lands program at the refuge is working with landowners, local Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and Conservation District offices in a seven county region which includes Bennett, Haakon, Jackson, Jones, Lyman, Mellette, and Pennington Counties. Currently, the Fish and Wildlife Service, South Dakota Game, Fish, & Parks, and Ducks Unlimited are serving as funding partners to help finance private landowner wetland creations. Any landowner living in the seven counties listed above interested in participating in the Partners for Fish and Wildlife program can call the refuge private lands biologist at (605) 685-6508 and ask for further assistance.