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15.631 Partners for Fish and Wildlife
FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956, as amended, 16 U.S.C. 742a-754; and Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act of 1958, 16 U.S.C. 661-667(e).
Provide technical and financial assistance to private landowners and Native American Tribes interested in voluntarily restoring or otherwise improving native habitats for fish and wildlife on their lands.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Assistance provided to private landowners and Native American Tribes. Program goal is to achieve a 50 percent cost share on projects with matching funds and in-kind contributions provided by the landowners and other partners.
Applicant Eligibility: Private landowners and Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments are eligible for financial and technical assistance from the Partners Program.
Pre-application Coordination: None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Formula and Matching Requirements: This program has no statutory formula. The Program goal is to obtain a 50 percent match of Federal monies by partnering with landowners, local community groups and other local and national conservation organizations.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Detailed biological reports are prepared on a percentage of projects funded. All projects are monitored for accurate construction.
Account Identification: 14-1611-0-1-303.
In fiscal year 2001, the Partners Program helped restore or enhance 49,000 acres of wetlands, 335,000 acres of native grasslands, 990 miles of riparian corridors, stream banks and in- stream habitats, assisted with the removal of 100 fish passage barriers, and completed over 3,000 landowner agreements to restore fish and wildlife habitat on private lands.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
Annual Performance Plan, Annual Performance Reports, and GPRA Accomplishment Report.
Regional or Local Office:
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
Typical wetland restoration and enhancement techniques involve restoring the natural hydrology of a site through the blocking of surface ditches, breaking sub-surface drain tiles, building shallow berms to trap water, filling in concentration pits, removing eroded sediment which fills in basins, installing grass buffers, or installing fences along wetlands or stream corridors that prevent cattle grazing within the stream or wetland. Other wetland enhancement activities include working with the landowners to better manage the wetland through the use of grazing, haying, discing, and burning. Upland restoration and enhancement and riparian areas are restored and enhanced through re-seeding or planting native grass, forbs, woody shrubs and trees. The installation of cross fencing along with providing alternative sources of water, assist landowners develop grassland/grazing management plans that have greater benefits for wildlife. Removing barriers to fish migration and using natural channel design techniques is the main focus of the Partners Program in-stream restoration work. Riparian fencing and improved grazing systems compliments stream restoration work.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Projects must benefit Federal trust species, involve on-the-ground habitat restoration, and be cost- effective.