Fairbanks Fish & Wildlife Field Office
Fisheries and Habitat Restoration
Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program:
The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program works with private and other non-federal landowners who wish to voluntarily restore fish and wildlife habitats on their land. This program emphasizes reestablishment of native vegetation and natural ecological systems that benefit fish and wildlife while meeting the needs and desires of private landowners. We offer informal advice on the design and location of potential restoration projects, and pay up to 50% of project costs. The Fish Passage Program provides technical assistance and federal funds to remove, replace, or retrofit culverts, weirs, abandoned dams or other structures that impede fish movement. This program also supports surveys of fish barriers within important watersheds. Funds may be used for projects on both public and private lands.
Habitat Restoration Projects: Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary
This project restored a retired 25 acre gravel pit, now known as Wander Lake, in an increasingly urbanized section of Fairbanks, Alaska east of Wedgewood Resort. Gravel was mined from the site for a number of years, ending some time in the 1990s. Before restoration, the lake was very steep-sided, deep (up to 60’) and the gravel banks supported mainly invasive white sweet clover. The goal of the project was to preserve and improve wildlife habitat in an area under heavy development pressures in recent years.
The project was a partnership between the Fish and Wildlife Service and Fountainhead Development. Several community groups participated in the restoration efforts and ongoing monitoring projects including the Wounded Warrior Transition Unit from nearby Fort Wainwright Army Base, local Boy and Girl Scout troops, the Fairbanks Cooperative Weed Management Area, and the USFWS Youth for Habitat program. This site has become an area widely used by resident and visiting bird watchers, as well as local school groups. Fact Sheet
Streambank Restoration Workshops:
Mitch Osborne, one of our fisheries biologists, partnered with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to provide several workshops on streambank restoration for landowners and interested residents in the Fairbanks area. The program provided funding and technical project design assistance for public ad private landowners to sustain and enhance valuable riparian habitat in Fairbanks area river basins. Fact Sheet
For information about upcoming workshops, contact Mitch Osborne 907-456-0209
- Fairbanks Northstar School Borough
- Fairbanks Soil and Water Conservation District
- City of Fairbanks
- Tanana Valley Watershed Association
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Last updated: January 7, 2014