A Week in the Life of the Partners Program
 

Region 6 map showing different habitat activiity photos in each state

The following tables show the kind of private land habitat restoration work that occurs in Region 6 throughout the field season.  Work for a week in April and a week in September is depicted to show the volume of work accomplished and the scope of our biologists' initiative in addressing Federal Trust Species habitat opportunities.

A two-page handshake agreement, called a Wildlife Extension Agreement, is the only contract that seals the deal.  Experience with over 15,000 handshake deals proves that most restored habitat stays in place beyond the end of the agreement term because rural landowners are committed to long-term wildlife conservation.

Partners for Fish and Wildlife work during
one week in April:

Activities Wildlife Extension
Agreement length
Construction of two seasonal wetlands totaling 1.2 acres and improvement of 14 acres of herbaceous nesting cover. 20 years
Installation of one Denil fish ladder to allow fish passage over an irrigation diversion. 10 years
Conversion of 116 acres of cropland to grassland by seeding native grass. The restored grassland will protect a 7-acre wetland from further siltation. 10 years
Conversion of 21 cropland acres to grassland by seeding native grass and forbs. 10 years
Conversion of 40 cropland acres to grassland by seeding native grass and forbs. 10 years
Rehabilitation of 80 acres of native prairie by cross-fencing and rotational grazing. 10 years
Rehabilitation of 265 acres of native prairie by cross-fencing and rotational grazing. 11 years
Rehabilitation of 381 acres of native prairie by cross-fencing and rotational grazing. 11 years
Restoration of eight drained wetlands totaling 17.9 acres. 10 years
Restoration of four drained wetlands totaling 6.2 acres. 10 years
Restoration of a 51-acre drained wetland. 10 years
Conversion of 145.2 cropland acres to grassland by seeding native grass. Concurrent with a perpetual grassland easement
Protection of two wetland acres and 1.5 upland acres by construction of cattle-exclusion fencing. 10 years
Restoration of three drained wetlands totaling 13 acres. 15 years
A perpetual wetland easement is anticipated.
Restoration of a drained wetland totaling 5.5 acres and conversion of six cropland acres to native grass and forbs. 30 years

bulldozer drawing 

Partners for Fish and Wildlife work during
one week in September:

Activities Wildlife Extension
Agreement length
Construction of three seasonal wetlands totaling 12.7 acres. 20 years
Riparian restoration of 33.6 wetland acres, and protection of 21 upland acres by construction of cattle-exclusion fencing. 30 years
Construction of 3 wetlands totaling 2.5 acres, each wetland planted with a 100-foot grass buffer. Rehabilitation of 13 additional acres of riparian buffer by planting a mixture of native trees and shrubs. 30 years
Construction of one wetland totaling 4 acres. 20 years
Stream protection by the construction of 2,800 feet of electric fencing and installation of a Rife pasture pump for off-site livestock watering. 10 years
Restoration of .25 miles of riparian habitat and rehabilitation of 160 acres of native grasslands through the removal of cedar trees. 10 years
Restoration of approximately 13 acres of open-channel river habitat by clearing large trees, brush, and other woody vegetation from accretion ground and islands within the channels of the river. 10 years
Construction of one wetland totaling 11.5 acres. 15 years
Construction of one wetland totaling 8.5 acres. 10 years
Restoration of .47 miles of stream and riparian habitat through stream reconstruction, development of a 300-foot buffer strip, grass seeding, and installation of cattle exclusion fencing. 10 years
Installation of 1,500 feet of pipeline to provide off-stream watering for livestock and wildlife, and construction of 6,000 feet of cross fencing for rotational grazing. 10 years
Construction of 2 shallow wetlands totaling 15.8 acres. 20 years
Restoration of .28 miles of stream habitat to improve the reliability of the site for irrigation water withdrawal, improve bed and bank stability, and enhance fish habitat. Construction of a fish screen system to eliminate fish entrainment problems. 20 years
Conversion of 130 acres of cropland to grassland by seeding native grasses. The restored grassland will protect 12 acres of wetlands. Perpetuity
Restoration of one wetland totaling 2.6 acres. Perpetuity

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