Partners for Fish and Wildlife - Questions & Answers
Q: Is there a minimum or maximum size that my land must be to do a Partners for Fish and Wildlife Project?
A: No. Partners for Fish and Wildlife projects in Louisiana have been completed on areas as small as one acre and as large as 2,000 acres. Although projects that focus on a particular rare species have been done on very small parcels, Partners for Fish and Wildlife does not typically address "backyard wildlife" type projects with financial assistance. For small backyard projects, Partners biologists may provide limited technical assistance such as pollinator and nest box information.
Q. Is the focus of the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program only habitat restoration and enhancement?
A. No. Funds for the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program may occasionally be used for educational materials and outdoor classrooms that emphasize conservation of Federal trust resources.
Q. How do I apply to the program?
A. Notify the Partners for Fish and Wildlife contact closest to where you live to discuss your project. A Service representative will likely visit your property and discuss program objectives with you, and will be available for technical assistance should you want to restore fish and wildlife habitat on your land. If you would like to receive funding assistance from the program, the Service representative will assist you in preparing an application. Partners for Fish and Wildlife Funds are limited. Therefore, your project must compete with other projects submitted to the program.
Q. Will the public have any right to access my property if I am a program participant?
A. No. You will maintain your property in private ownership. Although agreements with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will include a provision to allow Service representatives to access your property to evaluate the habitat restoration, all visits are coordinated with the landowner.
Q. Why should I participate in the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program?
A. Over two-thirds of our nation's land, and three quarters of the nation's wetlands are privately owned. A multitude of species depend on these private lands for survival. Without public support for restoring and enhancing these habitats, many more species may become imperiled. Conservation projects which benefit most Federal trust resources also improve habitat for fish and game species of interest to landowners. Your action to conserve important habitat will also preserve our natural heritage for future generations.
For additional information, contact Andy Dolan, LA Private Lands Coordinator @ 337.291.3119