Fisheries & Ecological Services - Kenai Fish & Wildlife Field Office
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Kenai Fish & Wildlife Field Office
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Habitat Restoration

Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program on the Kenai Peninsula

The National Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program was established in 1987 to improve fish and wildlife habitat on non-federal land. Since 1995, the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program has been active on the Kenai Peninsula, forming partnerships with local landowners to restore, enhance, and protect wetland, riparian, and instream habitats.
Goals:
  • Implement and promote habitat conservation on private lands that benefit federal trust species, like anadromous fish and migratory birds.
  • Develop partnerships necessary to accomplish habitat conservation.
  • Educate the general public on the importance of habitat conservation and encourage their participation in these efforts.
Examples of restoration, enhancement, or protection efforts include:
  • Streambank restoration and protection (revegetation, setbacks, light-penetrating walkways).
  • Removal/replacement of structures detrimental to fish or wildlife (perched or under-sized culverts restricting fish passage, bulkheads).
  • Wildlife habitat restoration/enhancement (restoration of wetlands and hydrology, prescribed burns, creation of snags, replanting native plant communities).
  • Fish habitat improvement (providing instream cover, restoring fish passage).
Information and Program Requirements:
  • Projects must benefit fish and/or wildlife on private, municipal, or borough land.
  • The Fish and Wildlife Service may pay up to 50% of the total project costs.
  • The Fish and Wildlife Service contribution has ranged from several hundred dollars up to $25,000.
  • Projects must be cost effective.
  • The landowner's cost share may be in cash, materials, or labor.
  • Projects may be implemented by a qualified party (either the landowner or a contractor).
  • Funding is limited to on-the-ground projects.
This is a competitive program. Those projects providing the greatest benefits to migratory birds, anadromous fish (salmon), or threatened or endangered species will be selected annually, up to the limits of available funding. Before and after habitat restoration. USFWS.  Click  to Enlarge.

If you are interested in doing a project on the Kenai Peninsula, please contact Mike Edwards, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, at Mike Edwards@fws.gov or by phone at (907) 260-0125.

To learn more about this program, see "How to Participate" or visit the Alaska Region Partners for Fish and Wildlife web site.

Last updated: November 6, 2008