The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program (Partners Program) was nationally initiated in 1987 to help protect, enhance and restore wildlife habitat. The program is designed for use on privately owned (non-federal) lands, providing landowners with technical and financial assistance to restore fish and wildlife habitats.
Partnerships are the keystone of the program. The list of collaborators is varied, but generally includes other federal agencies, state and local governments, educational institutions, businesses, conservation organizations and private landowners. Typically, anyone can become a partner providing the work will be done on non-federal lands and meets eligibility requirements.
The mission of the Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Partners Program helps accomplish this mission by providing assistance to landowners to voluntarily restore fish and wildlife habitats on their land.
The Partners Program is an invaluable resource for landowners who wish to restore and conserve their property for wildlife. Counties, municipalities and private citizens can partner with the Service, as well as with other federal and state agencies to help maintain healthy ecosystems in West Virginia. The key principle in these partnerships is cost sharing that includes both financial and "in kind" contributions.
- Restore historic habitat conditions, targeting wetlands and streams
- Recovery of habitat for threatened and endangered species
- Consideration of landscape setting to maximize benefits
- Creation of large blocks of habitat to link species' refugia
- Work with landowners for win-win partnerships that foster pride in good stewardship of the land