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What are some examples of Partners for Fish and Wildlife Projects in North Carolina?
*For the benefit of multiple wildlife species, Partners for Fish and Wildlife provided partnering landowners in Hyde County technical and financial assistance to restore hydrology and vegetation on prior drained wetlands covering hundreds of acres.

*Partners for Fish and Wildlife is working with government officials in Pitt County to restore fish passage and hydrology to bottomland hardwoods adjacent to channelized streams by installing specialized water control structures.

*Partners for Fish and Wildlife worked with private landowners to restore longleaf pine habitat on their 27 acre tract in Moore County where red-cockaded woodpeckers once foraged and nested.

*A partnership with UNC-Charlotte, The Nature Conservancy, and Partners for Fish and Wildlife began in 1998 to restore a historic Piedmont prairie on the Mineral Springs Preserve in Union County.

*Partners for Fish and Wildlife contributed $5,000 to the Fayetteville Public Works Commission to develop interpretive signs for a wetlands educational site for school children in Cumberland County.

*In 1997 Partners for Fish and Wildlife contributed $20,000 to Pilot View RC&D as part of a multi-partner, large scale undertaking to restore sections of the Mitchell River in Surry County.
 

Is the focus of the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program only habitat restoration and
enhancement?
No.  Funds for the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program may occasionally be used for educational materials that emphasize conservation of Federal trust resources.  One example of such a project is Fox Creek Nature Lab.
 

How do I apply to the program?
Notify the Partners for Fish and Wildlife contact closest to where you live to discuss your project.  A Service representative will likely visit your property and discuss program objectives with you, and will be available for technical assistance should you want to restore fish and wildlife habitat on your land.  If you would like to receive funding assistance from the program, the Service representative will assist you in preparing an application.  Partners for Fish and Wildlife Funds are limited.  Therefore, your project must compete with other projects submitted to the program.
 

Will the public have any right to access my property if I am a program participant?
No. You will maintain your property in private ownership.  However, the Fish and Wildlife Service will maintain the right to access your property to evaluate the habitat restoration.  The Service will first notify you prior to visiting your property.
 

What is NC Partners?
NC Partners is another program with a name so similar to Partners for Fish and Wildlife that it sometimes becomes confusing.  Actually the mission of the two programs is very similar.  NC Partners is a Partnership with Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ducks Unlimited, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  The program is designed to assist private landowners restore and create managed wetlands for the benefit of waterfowl, shorebirds, and other wildlife species.

Generally, NC Partners will provide technical assistance on developing a marsh impoundment in prior converted agricultural lands.  Financial assistance does not exceed $200 per acre.  Landowners are responsible for contributing the remainder of the project cost and overseeing the project.  Landowners sign an agreement to manage the land for a minimum of 10 years.  They also agree to restricted hunting times and no commercial hunting. Most NC Partners projects are in the coastal plain, however a few have been done in the Piedmont.  Those interested in this type of habitat restoration may contact any of the Partners for Fish and Wildlife contacts or representative from the other partnering agencies.
 

Why should I participate in the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program?
Over two-thirds of our nation's land, and three quarters of the nation's wetlands are privately owned.  A multitude of species depend on wetlands for survival.  Nearly one-thrid of America's endangered and threatened plants and animals need wetlands for survival.  Without public support for restoring and enhancing these habitats, those species will disappear.  Your action to conserve important habitat will preserve our natural heritage for future generations.


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