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The Arizona Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program
The Arizona Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program provides technical and financial assistance to Arizona's willing private landowners who want to improve the fish and wildlife habitat on their property. A cooperative agreement is developed with the landowner. Others such as the Arizona Game and Fish Department, conservation organizations, and other agencies may join this agreement.
The program focuses on protecting, restoring, and enhancing wetland and riparian habitats which will benefit federally listed species, waterfowl, migratory birds, and their habitats. Partners projects must be in effect and maintained by the private landowner for at least 10 years.
- *Private landowners
- *Protect and restore habitat on non-federal lands
- *Restore biological diversity
- *Implement habitat restoration in partnership with State and Tribal agencies
- *Provide technical assistance to landowners
- *Federally threatened and endangered species
- *Migratory songbirds
Riparian Habitat Emphasis
*Much of Arizona is a desert and the already scarce riparian or stream-side habitat has been degraded due to the many demands upon it. These areas provide habitat to a large number of different species including many rare and endangered species. A main focus of the Partners program is to protect and restore these habitats to help these "at risk" species and protect the high bio diversity found there.
Since 1992, the Partners program has protected or helped restore 9,542 acres of wildlife habitat in the State. This total includes 9,063 acres of wetland and 104 miles of riparian habitat. Where appropriate, an educational component such as interpretive signs are incorporated into the project.
Types of Partners Projects
- *Fencing streams and wetlands
- *Planting native vegetation
- *Educational signs and publications
- *Creating wetland and riparian habitats
- *Closing unauthorized roads and trails
- *Public environmental education
How to Apply for Funding
If you have a project which meets the goals spelled out in this fact sheet, you can apply for Partners funding by filling out a 2-page application form. The form should include a general description of the project, its location, the species it will benefit, and anticipated costs.
The amount of funding from the Service through its Partners program is up to $10,000 for each project. However, it is possible to receive more than this amount of funding for outstanding projects.
For more information on the Partners program or an application form contact:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Partners for Fish & Wildlife
2321 W. Royal Palm Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85021-4951
or contact Marty Jakle, the Partners for Fish & Wildlife coordinator at 602-640-2720 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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