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Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program

The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program was established to offer technical and financial assistance to landowners who wish to restore wildlife habitat (native ecosystems) on their property.

Nu‘u Pond - Photo credit USFWS

Projects can include, but are not limited to, construction of fences to exclude feral ungulates; control of alien plants, mammalian predators, and feral ungulates; out-planting of native plants; and restoration of native ecosystem elements, such as hydrology and micro-habitat conditions.

The assistance provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) can range from informal advice on the design and location of potential restoration projects to cost-share funding of project implementation under a formal cooperative agreement with the landowner. The Service can also provide participating property owners with technical assistance to develop Safe Harbor Agreements that cover habitat managed for endangered or threatened species, and provide assurances that additional land, water, and/or natural resource use restrictions will not be imposed as a result of their voluntary conservation actions to benefit covered species.

Funding is limited. Projects given highest priority are those that re-establish natural biological communities and provide long-term benefits to declining migratory bird and fish species, species that are endangered, threatened, candidates or proposed for listing, and those projects on private lands that satisfy the needs of wildlife populations on National Wildlife Refuges.

Projects funded through the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program:

Kamalo/Kapualei Forest Restoration Project
Partners: The Nature Conservancy of Hawai‘i, Kapualei Ranch, Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate, Natural Resources Conservation Service

The Kamalo/Kapualei project is aimed at protection and restoration of 2,000 acres of native rainforest and shrubland by fencing and removing feral goats and pigs. Species that will benefit include endangered species Pritchardia munroi, Cyanea mannii, Myadestes lanaiensis rutha, and Lasiurus cinereus semotus, proposed endangered Labordia triflora, candidate species, Phyllostegia hispida, species of concern, Lagenifera maviensis, Melicope hawaiiensis, Exocarpus gaudichaudi, Eurya sandwicensis, Cyanea sloenocalyx, Phyllostegia stachyoides, Perdicella helena, and Partulina proxima and native fish Awaous stamineus, Eleotris sandwicensis, Lentipes concolor, Sicyopterus stimpsoni, and Stenogobius genivittatus. The current status of this project is that The Nature Conservancy of Hawai‘i has completed the fence and initiated control of feral ungulates. The native vegetation protected by the fence has already begun to recover.

Lanaihale Ungulate Fence

The Lanaihale Ungulate Fence Project will construct a deer fence around the Lanaihale of Lana‘i Island. The completed fence will be approximately 22 miles of east Lana‘i and is divided into three sections. Currently, increment I is under construction and is nearing completion.

West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership

Puu anahulu Endangered Plant Habitat
Partners: Hawai‘i Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Pono Pacific

The objective of this project is to establish three endangered plant recovery units within the upper Pu‘u Anahulu GMA that will provide for the management of habitats necessary for the long-term maintenance of ten endangered plant species populations. This endangered plant recovery effort will entail the establishment and maintenance of three 10-acre fenced ungulate exclosures within the upper Game Management Area construction of a water catchment system at each of the three recovery sites, removal or management of invasive plant populations within exclosures, and 2,000 seedlings of endangered species and related understory planted in each exclosure.

Click here for Habitat Restoration Resources

For additional information contact:
Benton Pang
Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program Coordinator
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Pacific Islands Office
300 Ala Moana Blvd, Room 3-122
Box 50088
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96850
(808) 792-9400
(808) 792-9581 fax

Click here to print an overview of program information,
Partners for Fish and Wildlife Programs Factsheet (pdf 117K)

The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program is
part of the Conservation Partnerships Program, a collection of voluntary habitat restoration programs
with the goal of restoring native Pacific Island ecosystems through collaborative projects.


Last updated: September 20, 2012
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