The Partners for Fish and Wildlife program (PFW) is a program offered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for private landowners who are interested in restoring or enhancing fish and wildlife habitat on their property and provides both technical and financial support. Most projects require the landowner to cover half the cost of the restoration but according to the USFWS, this percentage is flexible and in some cases, they can elect to pay for all of the costs involved in the restoration.
So how does it work?
Any private landowner is eligible and there are no restrictions on the size of the project. Having said that, according to the USFWS, special consideration is given to projects that have longer duration agreements, involve non service partnerships and cost sharing, and those that are the most cost effective. Under such programs landowners agree to maintain and manage habitats for at least ten years, although some projects may require longer periods of time.
Examples of Projects
- Restore wetland quality by plugging drainage ditches, breaking tile drainage systems, installing water control structures, dike construction, and reestablishing old connections with waterways
- Plant native trees, grasslands, shrubs and other vegetation
- Install fencing to keep livestock out of streams and allow for restoration and repair of stream and stream-side areas
- Remove invasive plants and animals that compete with native fish and wildlife and alter their natural habitats
- Use prescribed burning as a method of removing invasive species and restoring native plants
- Mechanically restore in-stream native aquatic habitat
To learn more about this program, you can contact your local U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office or visit their website here