(1) approximately 60 percent of fish and wildlife in the United States are on private
(2) it is imperative to facilitate private landowner-centered and results-oriented efforts
that promote efficient and innovative ways to protect and enhance natural resources;
(3) there is no readily available source of technical biological information that the
public can access to assist with the application of state-of-the-art techniques to
restore, enhance, and manage fish and wildlife habitats;
(4) a voluntary cost-effective program that leverages public and private funds to assist
private landowners in the conduct of state-of-the-art fish and wildlife habitat restoration,
enhancement, and management projects is needed;
(5) durable partnerships working collaboratively with willing private landowners to implement
on-the-ground projects has lead to the reduction of endangered species listings;
(6)Executive Order No. 13352 (69 Fed. Reg. 52989) directs the Departments of the Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, and Defense and
the Environmental Protection Agency to pursue new cooperative conservation programs
involving the collaboration of Federal, State, local, and tribal governments, private
for-profit and non-profit institutions, non-governmental entities, and individuals;
(7) since 1987, the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program has exemplified cooperative
conservation as an innovative, voluntary partnership program that helps private landowners
restore wetland and other important fish and wildlife habitat; and
(8) through 33,103 agreements with private landowners, the Partners for Fish and Wildlife
Program has accomplished the restoration of 677,000 acres of wetland, 1,253,700 acres
of prairie and native grasslands, and 5,560 miles of riparian and in-stream habitat
since 1987, demonstrating much of that success since only 2001.
The purpose of this chapter is to provide for the restoration, enhancement, and management
of fish and wildlife habitats on private land through the Partners for Fish and Wildlife
Program, a program that works with private landowners to conduct cost-effective habitat
projects for the benefit of fish and wildlife resources in the United States.
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