Partners for Fish and Wildlife

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The Partners for Fish & Wildlife program works with private landowners to improve fish and wildlife habitat on their lands. We are leaders in voluntary, community-based stewardship for fish and wildlife conservation.

The future of the nation’s fish and wildlife depends on private landowners – more than 90% of land in the Midwest is in private ownership. Providing more high quality habitat not only helps wildlife - by contributing to a healthy landscape, you create a conservation legacy to pass on to future generations.

Partnerships are the key! To accomplish this work, we team up with private conservation organizations, state and federal agencies and tribes. Together, with the landowner, this collective shares funding, materials, equipment, labor and expertise to meet both the landowner’s restoration goals and our conservation mission.

  • Wetland Restoration

    Wetland Restoration

    Wetlands provide critical nesting, feeding, resting and migration habitat for waterfowl and many other animals. Wetlands also filter contaminants and act as buffers against flooding.
    Wetland projects usually involve restoring wetlands that have been drained, which requires heavy equipment to move dirt. Our typical wetland restorations involve plugging drainage ditches, removing drainage tiles or building berms to impound degraded wetlands.

  • Grassland Projects

    Grassland Projects

    Most of our grasslands have been converted to agricultural uses or development, only small remnants are left. Prairie restoration requires reseeding native grasses and wild flowers. Once grassland habitats are established, periodic mowing, burning or grazing is used to control invasive species and woody plants and to assist the growth of native prairie plants, which evolved with wildfire.

  • Invasive Species Control

    Invasives Control

    The USFWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program can assist landowners with invasive species projects of all types. Bush Honeysuckle, non-native phragmites, reed canary grass, flowering rush, and hybrid/thin leaved cattail are just some of the priority species the program can help landowners control and eradicate. Most invasive species projects are multi-year projects that require multiple treatments. The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Biologist will work with a landowner to ensure the appropriate treatments are completed to restore degraded areas back to productive habitats full of native species. These projects usually require some combination of herbicide treatments, mechanical treatments such as mowing and mulching, prescribed fire, and replanting. Every site is different and will therefore require a unique prescription to restore it.

  • Reforestation


    The Great Black Swamp covered much of Northwest Ohio. A large percentage of this area was forested. The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program will work with landowners to reforest areas back to native forest habitats. These habitats not only provide valuable habitat for wildlife, they also provide tremendous benefits such as improved water quality, decreased flooding, decreased erosion, and improved quality of life for landowners. Reforestation projects can be costly and therefore need to be completed in strategic locations. Most reforestation projects will involve some herbicide treatment, planting of native tree and shrub species, installation of tree shelters, and periodic maintenance mowing.