The Partners Programs in Vermont is administered from the Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Resources Office in Essex Junction, VT. The program began in 1992 with a focus on restoration of wetlands, woodlands and riparian areas that provide breeding habitat and critical stopovers for migratory birds and benefit fish populations, including landlocked and sea-run Atlantic salmon, a focal species for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Projects are focused in areas where conservation efforts will provide the greatest benefit for federal trust species, which include: migratory birds, anadromous fish and Federally-listed threatened and endangered species.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Biologist and University of Vermont intern conduct river sampling.
Cooperating for Conservation
In 2015, the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in the Lake Champlain office completed 30 projects to:
restore 151 acres of wetland habitat
restore 50 acres of upland habitat
re-open 186 miles of aquatic habitat to fish passage through the removal or modification of 9 barriers
restore 9 miles of riparian and river bank habitat
treat 100 acres of wetland habitat impacted by invasive species
These projects collectively leveraged more than $1,400,000 in partner contributions.