We are interested in developing strong partnerships with landowners to manage and conserve native fish, wildlife and plant species such as migratory birds, and threatened, endangered, or other sensitive species. We often work with landowners across the Idaho landscape, including wetland, riparian, sagebrush, grasslands, forest and aquatic habitats.
Tools for Private Landowners, Non-Federal Landowners, States and Tribes
It is estimated that two-thirds of our nation's lands are privately owned. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recognizes that the key to ensuring healthy fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats rests in the hands of private landowners.
Idaho’s Conservation Planning Program provides opportunities for the Service to work with interested landowners to restore and maintain quality habitat. Through this Program, Service personnel use collaborative methods to provide technical and financial assistance needed to protect species and enhance the ecosystems upon which they depend. Participation in all programs is voluntary.
Conservation Planning Tools: Agreements
Conservation Agreements are tools for non-federal landowners wishing to work with the Service to conserve listed or at-risk species, consistent with existing land use practices and management. Participants in agreements commit to actions on their property that will reduce threats to species and enhance their conservation.
• Candidate Conservation Agreements (CCAs)
• Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances (CCAAs)
• Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs)
• Safe Harbor Agreements (SHAs)
Landowner, Tribal and State Funding Opportunities
There are a variety of species and habitat conservation grants and funding opportunities available for non-federal landowners interested in implementing conservation measures on their property.
• Private Stewardship Program Grants
This program provides assistance to landowners for managing their lands in ways that benefit native species and their habitats. A 10% non-federal cost share is required.
• Tribal Wildlife Grants
Tribes are eligible to receive funds through this program for development and implementation
of programs that benefit wildlife and habitat, including species that are not hunted or fished.
A cost share is not required, but is beneficial.
• State Opportunities: Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (Section 6 Grants)
States are eligible to receive funds through this program (authorized under section 6 of the ESA) for a wide array of voluntary conservation projects for candidate, proposed, and listed species. These funds, in turn, may be awarded to private landowners and groups for conservation projects. A 25% non-federal cost share is required.
Contact Idaho Department of Fish and Game Headquarters for application dates and materials
This program has four grant opportunities:
• Conservation Grants
(Provides assistance to states to implement conservation projects for candidate, proposed and listed species.)
• Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance
(Provides assistance to states to support development of Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs).
• Habitat Conservation Land Acquisition
(Provides assistance to states to acquire land associated with approved Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) to secure protection of listed species.)
• Recovery Land Acquisition
(Provides assistance to states to acquire habitat for listed species.)
Examples of Conservation Agreements in Idaho
Castilleja christii Candidate Conservation Agreement (CCA)
Southern Idaho ground squirrel Programmatic Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA)
Schwisow Northern Idaho ground squirrel Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP)
Sam Noble Springs Columbia spotted frog Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA)
Ox Ranch Northern Idaho Ground Squirrel Safe Harbor Agreement (SHA)
West-Central Idaho Planning Area Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances for Sage-grouse (CCAA)
In September 2015, a status review conducted by the Service found that the greater sage-grouse remains relatively abundant and well-distributed across the species’ 173-million acre range and does not face the risk of extinction now or in the foreseeable future. The decision followed an unprecedented conservation partnership across the western US that significantly reduced threats across 90 percent of the species’ breeding habitat. The Service determined that protection for the greater sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act was no longer warranted and so withdrew the species from the candidate species list.