Partners for Fish and Wildlife – Arkansas
Focus Areas 2012-2016
Habitats of Special Concern (Where we work):
The Partners Program in Arkansas assists in the restoration and conservation of all potential habitat for federal trust species, but the program concentrates on the these primary habitats of concern.
- Forested (i.e., bottomland hardwood) and herbaceous wetlands to benefit migratory birds.
- Native prairie to benefit migratory birds and rare and declining invertebrates.
- Pine and oak woodland and savannas to benefit migratory and endangered birds and rare plant species.
- Stream and riparian habitats with threatened, endangered, candidate, and at-risk species.
- Karst or cave habitats with threatened and endangered bats and other rare cave organisms.
- Glades to benefit migratory birds, rare plants, and invertebrates.
Specific practices associated with restoration of these habitats include, but are not limited to:
- Site preparation and planting tree seedlings, dirt moving to restore wetland hydrology, or create moist soil and herbaceous wetlands
- Native grass establishment and restoration of fire regime
- Reestablishment of native species, selective thinning to reduce density and promote understory development, prescribed fire, and control of shrub and mid-story in red-cockaded woodpecker habitats
- Establishment and restoration of riparian forested corridor
- Livestock exclusion fencing and alternate water construction
- Construction of cave gates
- Stream bank stabilization
- Water control structure installation