Raleigh Ecological Services Field Office
Conserving the Nature of America

Partners for Fish and Wildlife Questions & Answers

Appalachian Elktoe Mussels

The endagered Appalachian Elktoe is one of the benfeciaries of a Partners for Fish and Wildlife project to resotre the riparaina and floodplain buffer, and instream habitat in the Upper Little Tennessee River basins.

Q: Is there a minimum or maximum size that my land must be to do a Partners for Fish and Wildlife Project?

A: No. Projects that focus on a particular rare species have been done on very small parcels. For example bog habitat for bog turtles may be only an acre or two. Stream restoration may occur on a few hundred feet of a stream. Many projects are over 50 acres and some exceed several hundred acres. Partners for Fish and Wildlife does not address "backyard wildlife" type projects. Home lots that are 5 to 20 acres in size are better served by seeking assistance from web sites or professional that focus on backyard wildlife.

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 that emphasize conservation of Federal trust resources. One example of such a project is Fox Creek Nature Lab.

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. Any agreement 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. 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 wetlands for survival. Nearly one-thrid of America's endangered and threatened plants and animals need wetlands for survival. Without public support for restoring and enhancing these habitats, those species will disappear. Your action to conserve important habitat will preserve our natural heritage for future generations.

Q. What is NC Partners?

A. NC Partners is another program with a name so similar to Partners for Fish and Wildlife that it sometimes becomes confusing. Actually the missions of the two programs are very similar. NC Partners is a Partnership with Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ducks Unlimited, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The program is designed to assist private landowners restore and create managed wetlands for the benefit of waterfowl, shorebirds, and other wildlife species.

Generally, NC Partners will provide technical assistance on developing a marsh impoundment in prior converted agricultural lands. Financial assistance does not exceed $250 per acre. Landowners are responsible for contributing the remainder of the project cost and overseeing the project. Landowners sign an agreement to manage the land for a minimum of 10 years. They also agree to restricted hunting times and no commercial hunting. Most NC Partners projects are in the coastal plain, however a few have been done in the Piedmont. Those interested in this type of habitat restoration may contact any of the Partners for Fish and Wildlife contacts or representative from the other partnering agencies.

Last Updated: August 6, 2015