The mission of the Appalachian Partnership Coordination Office is to conserve and restore fish and wildlife, and the places they live in the Appalachian region of the United States for the benefit of the American people.
We work with federal, state and non-governmental organizations, businesses and private citizens who want to restore fish and wildlife.
The priorities of the Appalachian Partnership Coordination Office are:
- Improve abundance of game and non-game fish species,
- Recover native freshwater mussels and other imperiled species
- Restore rivers so they support healthy fish and other aquatic species.
- Collaborate with others to build strong partnerships under the National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP), including the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture (EBTJV) and the Ohio River Basin Fish Habitat Partnership (ORBFHP)
- Develop strategic plans for restoring rivers, wetlands and aquatic species in the Appalachian region by working with partners, such as the Nature Conservancy and Trout Unlimited.
- Develop and implement on the ground restoration of rivers and wetlands with the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, the National Fish Habitat Partnership, and the National Fish Passage Program.
- Provide technical assistance to private landowners to restore and enhance fish and wildlife habitat on their property.
- Cooperate with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the Farm Bill Program, Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program, Environmental Quality Incentive Program, Wetlands Reserve Program and the Conservation Reserve Program.
- Conduct outreach and education with youth and their families on the unique natural resources of the central Appalachians, such as native brook trout, salamanders and freshwater mussels, and Appalachia’s amazing network of rivers, streams and springs which are vital to fish and wildlife, and humans.
May 28, 2015
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