Asheville Ecological Services Field Office
Conserving the Nature of America

 

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Resources for Private Landowners

 

Private lands program contact:

Laura Fogo
160 Zillicoa St.
Asheville, NC 28801
office - 828/258-3939, ext 42228
cell - 828/216-4971
fax - 828/258-5330
laura_fogo@fws.gov

 

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Through its Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service provides financial and technical assistance to private land owners, and local and tribal governments who want to improve fish and wildlife habitat on their land to benefit migratory birds and fish, and threatened and endangered species.

Types of assistance offered

  • • Technical – The Asheville Field Office has a biologist dedicated to working with private landowners to improve fish and wildlife habitat on their land. This biologist can conduct site visits, provide management recommendations, and help connect landowners with other resources that may help their land management.
  • • Financial – Through its grant program, the Partners for Fish & Wildlife program funds habitat improvements on private land.

Who qualifies for assistance?
Technical assistance is available to all land owners. All landowners except state and federal agencies can qualify for financial assistance, including individuals, family trusts, corporate owners, non-profit organizations, local governments, universities, and tribes.

Species that benefit
The Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program focuses on improving habitat for a group of plants and animals called federal trust resources – including migratory birds and fish as well as federally threatened and endangered species.

Geographic focus areas
The Partners for Fish & Wildlife program has identified project focus areas based on the presence of imperiled species, guidance from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission’s wildlife action plan, input from partners, a successful track record for projects, and expectation of future success. The Asheville Field Office provides services to these focus areas:

  • • Upper Coosa River basin
  • • Upper Little Tennessee River basin
  • • Upper French Broad River basin
  • • Upper Nolichucky River basin
  • • Conservation Partnership Areas for Mountain Bogs National Wildlife Refuge

Priority habitats
Within the geographic focus areas there are priority habitat types, generally Appalachian bogs, streams, or areas immediately adjacent to streams - habitats considered key to conserving priority species.

Landowner commitment
To participate in the program, landowners commit to keep the land in the restored state for at least 10 years, and are encouraged to contribute to the project through cost-sharing or in-kind services.

What to do next
If you’ve a project in mind or are interested in learning more, contact Anita Goetz, Partners for Fish & Wildlife program coordinator for the Asheville Field Office at 828/258-3939, ext. 228, or anita_goetz@fws.gov

 

 

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Last Updated: July 6, 2016