Virginia Field Office
Northeast Region
Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program: Who Qualifies? Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program Goals

Do You Qualify?

Who is Eligible

Any property owner interested in restoring habitat on their land is eligible to participate.

Application Process

The landowner, by phone call or letter, will contact a local Partners for Fish and Wildlife biologist. The biologist will then assess the site for trust resources and decide whether to pursue the project. Factors considered include presence of federally listed species, migratory bird habitat, wetlands, national wildlife refuges, and location relative to focal areas. Currently, PFW staff target restoration in these focal areas. Not all projects submitted will be accepted. If the biologist decides to pursue the project, the landowner and biologist will work cooperatively to develop a project plan that meets the landowner's needs and objectives and provides a benefit to fish and wildlife species.

To complete the process, the landowner will need to sign an agreement that has a minimum duration of 10 years (example agreement–PDF). After completion of the project, the landowner will be reimbursed based on the cost-sharing formula discussed in the agreement.

Landowner Benefits

  • Landowner retains all hunting, fishing, access control, and ownership rights
  • The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program provides cost-share for project


Availability of financial assistance is subject to annual agency budget constraints.

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Restore the habitats of federal trust species on private lands, including tribal, county and municipal lands

Restore wetlands, riparian, in-stream and native upland habitats

Remove barriers to fish passage

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Last updated: August 24, 2018