Nevada Fish & Wildlife Office
Pacific Southwest Region

Partners For Fish & Wildlife


Program Goals

The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program emphasizes the restoration of historic ecological communities for the benefit of native fish and wildlife in conjunction with the desires of private landowners. The goals of the program are to:
  • Implement proactive, voluntary, on-the-ground habitat restoration projects that benefit federal trust species and their habitats on private and tribal lands.
  • Provide technical and financial assistance to landowners who are interested in providing suitable habitat for fish and wildlife on their property.
  • Provide leadership and promote partnerships using the Service's and other organizations' expertise.
  • Conduct public outreach to broaden understanding of fish and wildlife habitats while encouraging and demonstrating conservation efforts.
Riparian Restoration and Enhancement projects involve the habitat adjacent to streams and other waterways. Riparian areas are important because they provide habitat for numerous species of fish and wildlife and can help improve water quality by filtering out sediment and pollutants. However, over 95% of the historic streamside trees, shrubs, and ground vegetation in Nevada has been lost as a result of urbanization, agricultural conversion, vegetation clearing for flood control, livestock grazing, and invasion of nonnative plant species. Restoration can be accomplished by fencing along the riparian zone to control livestock and planting trees and other vegetation. Riparian habitats are also being restored by removing nonnative invasive riparian plants.
In-stream Aquatic Habitat Restoration involves bringing back the features of a stream, such as riffles, pools, meanders, and woody debris, which are important for fish and other aquatic organisms. Channel banks and bottoms are stabilized, low-flow channels and bank-full benches are reestablished, and rootwads, logs, rock and other revetment materials are installed to protect the banks and provide habitat and cover for fish, amphibians, invertebrates, and other aquatic life. In-stream restoration is usually enhanced by restoring the associated riparian habitat.
Native Vegetation Restoration projects in Nevada frequently involve reestablishing native upland grasses in areas that have been degraded due to overgrazing or the invasion of nonnative annuals. Restored fully-functioning native plant communities provide better food and cover for grassland-associated migratory songbirds, nesting waterfowl, and threatened and endangered species than the typical nonnative annual plant community dominated by one or a few species. The reestablishment of native plant communities is actually a general concept consistent in all of our restoration projects. The use of native trees, shrubs, and ground cover is an integral part of our wetland or riparian projects.
Removal of Exotic Plants can significantly increase the value of wetlands, riparian areas, and uplands for wildlife. Many times, competition from exotic plants is the primary obstacle in reestablishing native plant communities. Therefore, the removal or control of exotic plants is another general concept consistent in all of our restoration projects.
Last updated: April 16, 2014