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Private Lands

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Private Lands Biologists work cooperatively with farmers and other private landowners to restore and improve wildlife habitat on their land. The Private Lands Biologists can provide technical and financial assistance, and often works in partnership with other conservation agencies to complete habitat projects.  

In southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin the program focuses on restoring wetlands, native grasslands, and stream and river habitat for migratory birds, endangered and threatened species, and fishes.

  • Staff

    Partners Staff

    Private Lands Biologists are located at two of the Refuge District offices: Winona (Driftless Area of Southeast Minnesota), and La Crosse (Western Coulee Region of Wisconsin).

  • Driftless Area of Southeast Minnesota

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    Interested Private landowners in southeast Minnesota can contact Tim Connolly @ (507)494-6232 to learn more about the program and schedule a site visit.  The counties covered are: Wabasha, Goodhue, Winona, Olmstead, Dodge, Mower, Fillmore and Houston.


  • Western Coulee Region of Wisconsin

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    Interested landowners in the Western Coulee Region of Wisconsin can contact Bill Kiser @ (608)779-2388 to learn more about the program and schedule a site visit. The counties covered are:  Buffalo, Trempealeau, La Crosse, Vernon, Crawford and Richland.

  • Northwest Illinois

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    Landowners interested in learning more about the Private Lands program in Northwest Illinois should contact the Savanna District Office at 815-273-2732 for more information.

  • Driftless Area of Iowa

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    Landowners interested in learning more about the Private Lands program in the Driftless Region of Iowa can contact Wendy_Woyczik @ (608-326-0515) to learn more about the program and schedule a site visit.

  • Assistance

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    The Private Lands program is part of the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program add offers both technical and cost-share assistance to landowners for habitat projects. 


    Technical Assistance: 

    The Program can assist landowners with development of restoration plans and designs, obtaining any permits needed, locating contractors, obtaining bids, hiring contractors, and project management/construction supervision. Once the project is completed the landowner is responsible for maintenance, but the USFWS can assist with management recommendations.


    Cost Share Assistance: 

    The Program can provide cost-share funds for habitat work on private lands. Amount of cost-share available through the Partners program is variable depending on the project, and total project restoration costs are usually shared by a combination of governmental agencies, private organizations, and the landowner. Cost-share is provided through a landowner agreement, and the landowner must commit to maintaining the restored habitat for a minimum of 10 years.

    It all begins with a site visit where a Partners biologist will meet with you to discuss your project.

    Photo to the left courtesy of Alan Stankevitz.

Last Updated: May 10, 2016
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