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A man on his property standing next to a tree resting on the trunk
Information icon Andy Brady among his trees at Thousand Oaks Farm. Mr. Brady planted a variety of hardwood mast producing trees at Thousand Oaks Farm, former bottomland crop fields adjacent to the Congaree River and Congaree National Park. Additionally, Mr. Brady has his place under conservation easement with the Congaree Land Trust. Photo by John Cely, used with permission.

Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program

The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program works with voluntary habitat improvement projects on private lands for the benefit of federal trust resources, such as endangered or threatened species and at-risk species (ARS). Biologists provide technical and financial assistance to landowners who want to restore and enhance habitats on their property.

A map showing projects distributed across South Eastern South Carolina
Partners for Fish and Wildlife habitat improvement projects in South Carolina. Map by USFWS.

How to participate

  • Interested landowners contact a Partners for Fish and Wildlife biologist to discuss the proposed project and establish a site visit.
  • A visit to the site is used to determine which activities the landowner desires and how those activities will enhance habitat for trust resources.
  • Technical advice on the proposed activities is provided by the Service, as appropriate.
  • Proposed cost estimates are discussed by the Service and landowner.
  • A proposal which describes the proposed activities is developed by the Service biologist and the landowner. Projects are then regionally ranked for potential funding.
  • After funding is approved, the landowner and the Service co-sign a Wildlife Extension Agreement.
  • Landowner initiates project.
  • The Service reimburses the landowner after receipts and other documentation are submitted according to the Wildlife Extension Agreement, when the project is completed.

Types of projects

  • Livestock exclusion fencing/alternate water supply construction;
  • Streambank stabilization;
  • Restoration of native vegetation;
  • Wetland restoration/enhancement;
  • Riparian reforestation; and
  • Restoration of in-stream aquatic habitats.

General requirements

  • Projects must benefit federal trust resources including threatened or endangered species and/or ARS;
  • Minimum ten year agreement;
  • Voluntary participation;
  • Landowner does not forfeit property rights; and
  • Activities will benefit wildlife.

More information

Learn more about the Partners for Fish and Wildlife program in the Southeast region, or check out the photo album.

Contact

Joe Cockrell, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program Coordinator
joe_cockrell@fws.gov, (843)727-4707 ext. 305.

Bret Beasley, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program
bret_beasley@fws.gov, (843)727-4707 ext. 302.

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