The Partners Programs in Vermont is administered from the Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Resources Office in Essex Junction, VT. The program began in 1992 with a focus on restoration of wetlands, woodlands and riparian areas that provide breeding habitat and critical stopovers for migratory birds and benefit fish populations, including landlocked and sea-run Atlantic salmon, a focal species for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Projects are focused in areas where conservation efforts will provide the greatest benefit for federal trust species, which include: migratory birds, anadromous fish and Federally-listed threatened and endangered species.
Cooperating for Conservation
In 2013, the Partners Program in the Lake Champlain Office completed 33 projects to restore or enhance 12.6 miles of riparian habitat, 269 acres of wetland habitat, 77 acres of upland habitat, re-opened 32.1 miles of aquatic habitat to fish passage through the removal or modification of 8 barriers, and treated 100 acres of wetland habitat impacted by invasive species. FY13 projects leveraged over $600,000 in partners’ contributions.