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Partners for Fish and Wildlife



Voluntary grant programs, such as our Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, give landowners the tools needed to make private lands working landscapes that benefit wildlife while maintaining productive activities.

 Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, Accomplishments (FY 2001-2003)

Wetland acres restored:
151,097 acres
Prairie, native grasslands, and upland acres restored: 703,723 acres
Stream and streamside habitat restored:
2,361 miles
Fish barriers removed: 156
Landowner agreements:
8,957

The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program has allowed the Fish and Wildlife Service to establish productive relationships with communities, conservation partners, Tribes, and over 30,000 landowners while providing them with both financial and technical assistance. Since its creation in 1987, the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program has established over 28,000 agreements with landowners resulting in the restoration of 1,060,000 acres of uplands, 649,300 acres of wetlands, and 4,670 miles of riparian and in-stream habitat.

Through the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, the Interior Department works closely with private landowners, recognizing that over 60 percent of our Nation's land is in private ownership and the health of many populations depends on habitat found on private lands. State resources agencies work closely with the Fish and Wildlife Service to help establish priorities and identify focus areas. With just a little encouragement or assistance from the Fish and Wildlife Service, our partners have undertaken thousands of restoration projects.

- June 2004