Partners for Fish & Wildlife

Partners on prairie

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 restoration work on private lands. The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in SW Minnesota concentrates on restoring degraded wetlands, native grasslands and riparian stream and river habitat habitat for migratory birds, endangered and threatened species, and fishes.

  • Restoration Information

    partner with restoration

    Restoration costs may be shared by any combination of governmental agencies, private organizations, and the private landowner. Cost-effective restoration projects that provide the greatest fish and wildlife benefit for the least money are most likely to receive attention from the Partners program. The landowner must commit to maintaining restored habitat for a minimum of ten years.

    Private landowners in southern Minnesota who are interested in habitat restoration should contact our office. Of course, not all projects qualify for assistance, but calling us for a site visit to your land is the first step. If you are interested in habitat restorations within our district, please contact:

    Scott Ralston - Wildlife Biologist
    USFWS Windom WMD
    49663 County Road 17
    Windom, MN 56101
    Office 507-831-2220 #13
    Toll Free 1-800-577-2875 #13
    Mobile 507-822-0327
    Fax 507-831-5524

    For restorations in other areas please contact the appropriate office in your area.

  • Restoration Map

    Restoration Map

    The USFWS uses tools such as historic aerial photography and topographic data to map out the plan and proposed impacts.  This helps the landowner understand what they can expect from their project.

  • Before Restoration

    Restoration site before

    The site is surveyed by a wildlife biologist 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

    Restoration in progress

    The USFWS will help the landowner to hire a contractor and with project management during construction.  In this example, a contractor is installing a sheetpile weir.

  • After Restoration

    Finished restoration

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