Funding - Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program
Purpose - The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program is a national, voluntary habitat restoration program that provides financial and technical assistance to private landowners, Tribes, and other conservation partners. It focuses on restoring habitat for migratory birds, anadromous fish, and declining plant and animal species. Focus habitats in Washington include prairies, wetlands, and riparian and instream habitats.
Support - Locally-based field biologists work one-on-one with partners to plan, implement, and monitor their projects. Partners Program field staff help landowners find other sources of funding and help them through any necessary environmental permitting. This level of personal attention and follow-through is a significant strength of the Program that has led to national recognition and wide support.
Eligibility - Any private or Tribal landowner is eligible. Projects may not be implemented on federal or state lands. Partnerships with other agencies or organizations are encouraged to increase the leverage of funds. Cooperators sign an agreement to retain restoration projects for at least 10 years but otherwise retain full control of their land.
Typical Projects - Funded projects have included removal of invasive species and replanting with native species, installing fencing and off-stream livestock watering facilities, riparian and wetland restoration, and restoration of fish passage by removing barriers.
Financial Information - The program strives for an equal match of cost share or in-kind services. Generally, project funding is limited to $25,000 or less per project.
Contact - Landowners and other partners can request assistance at any time throughout the year. If you are interested in more information on the program, or have a project idea to discuss, contact a Partners Program biologist in your area.