Partners for Fish & Wildlife

Partners for Fish & Wildlife

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program provides technical and financial assistance to solve land management problems, identify partners and coordinate wildlife habitat restoration work on private lands. The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in northwest Wisconsin focuses on restoring grasslands and degraded and drained wetlands for migratory birds and threatened and endangered species. 

  • Restoration Information

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    Restoration costs may be shared by any combination of governmental agencies, private organization and the private landowner. Cost-effective restoration projects that provide the greatest wildlife benefit will receive priority from the Partners program. The landowner must commit to maintaining restored habitat for a minimum of ten years. Land will remain private and will not be open to the public.

    Landowners interested in the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program should contact our office. A wildlife biologist can visit the property at no cost to the landowner and determine if the project qualifies for the program. 

  • Before Restoration

    Before Restoration

    After an initial site visit, a wildlife biologist will survey the site to determine the best plan for promoting wildlife and supporting the needs of the landowner. The USFWS will assist with engineering and any permits needed for the project. 

  • During Restoration

    During Restoration

    The USFWS will help the landowner hire a contractor to complete the project and ensure that the project is completed according to permitting standards. In this example, a contractor is building an earthen embankment to restore a drained wetland. 

  • After Restoration

    After Restoration

    The landowner is responsible for maintaining their habitat improvement project, but the USFWS will continue to provide technical assistance on management recommendations for their wildlife habitat.