Partners for Fish and Wildlife

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  1. What is the Nebraska Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program? 
  2. What types of projects does the NE PFW Program assist with in the Sandhills region? 
  3. What kind of assistance may be available? 
  4. Do I have to allow public access to my land?  
  5. How do I get assistance with a wildlife project on my property? 

What is the Nebraska Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program?

The Nebraska Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program (NE PFW Program) first began in 1989.  Our mission is to conserve, protect, and enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats on private (non-federal) lands. Technical and financial assistance is provided to landowners who voluntarily restore wetlands and other fish and wildlife habitat on their land. The objective of the Nebraska PFW Program is to work cooperatively with landowners and other partners throughout the State to restore and maintain habitat for Federal trust species. Partners include landowners, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, conservation organizations, academic institutions, businesses, and private individuals. 

Although our program covers the entire state, there are eight main focus areas where we conduct the majority of our work, including the Sandhills, the North Platte River, the Central Platte River, Eastern Tallgrass Prairie, the Loess Canyons, and the Rainwater Basins. 

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What types of projects does the NE PFW Program assist with in the Sandhills region?

The Nebraska Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program is primarily interested in the restoration or enhancement of wetlands, streams, and upland grasslands for the benefit of grassland dependent species. Typically, landowners contact the Nebraska PFW program regarding an opportunity to enhance a grazing system, restore a degraded wetland or stream channel on their property. In certain cases, historic modifications to streams and wetlands in order to facilitate haying of wet meadows resulted in accelerated erosion and lowering of the water table. Restoration projects focus on raising the water table back to level that renews forage production and improves wetland habitat for fish and wildlife.

Grazing projects focus on financially and technically assisting a landowner develop a planned grazing system that involves a moderate graze, followed by long periods of rest. This type of shift in management typically requires infrastructure, such as fencing or pipeline, resulting in significant costs. The Nebraska PFW program works closely with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Sandhills Task Force (STF), and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) on grazing projects that result in considerable gains in wildlife habitat and increased profitability for the ranch.

Additionally, the Nebraska PFW participates in projects involving removal of invasive species, such as eastern red cedar trees and Russian olives trees. More recently, the Nebraska PFW program has initiated several projects aimed at removing common carp from Sandhills lakes and wetlands. 


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What kind of assistance may be available?

Do you have an idea, but need a little help to make it work? We can provide informal advice on the design and location of potential projects, or we can assist with the design and funding of projects under a voluntary cooperative agreement with the landowner. Under a short-term conservation agreement, a landowner agrees to maintain the restoration project as specified in the agreement for 10 years. Our agreement is a Wildlife Extension Agreement, which outlines the work to be completed, the Partners' responsibilities, and the funding sources.

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Do I have to allow public access to my land?

No. You are not required to open up your land to the public. U.S. Fish and Wildlife employees may occasionally access the project area to check on its progress.

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How do I get assistance with a wildlife project on my property?

If you wish to speak with a private lands biologist regarding a potential wetland or other wildlife habitat project in the Sandhills region, please contact:  

 Kyle Graham                     Kenny Dinan 
 Wildlife Biologist  State Coordinator
 Office: (402) 376-3789 ext. 240  (308) 382-6468 ext. 13

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