The Private Lands program is part of the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program add offers both technical and cost-share assistance to landowners for habitat projects.
The Program can assist landowners with development of restoration plans and designs, obtaining any permits needed, locating contractors, obtaining bids, hiring contractors, and project management/construction supervision. Once the project is completed the landowner is responsible for maintenance, but the USFWS can assist with management recommendations.
Cost Share Assistance:
The Program can provide cost-share funds for habitat work on private lands. Amount of cost-share available through the Partners program is variable depending on the project, and total project restoration costs are usually shared by a combination of governmental agencies, private organizations, and the landowner. Cost-share is provided through a landowner agreement, and the landowner must commit to maintaining the restored habitat for a minimum of 10 years.
It all begins with a site visit where a Partners biologist will meet with you to discuss your project.
Photo to the left courtesy of Alan Stankevitz.