The Partners Program in Maryland, administered from the Chesapeake Bay Field Office in Annapolis, Maryland, focuses on restoration of non-tidal wetlands, upland and riparian (streamside) forests, and grasslands. The projects benefit fish and wildlife in and around the Chesapeake Bay. Many of the restored habitats are completed in agricultural fields and/or along streams that flow to tidal rivers and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. Restored habitats provide direct benefits to breeding and migratory birds and endangered species. In addition, restored habitats reduce sediment and nutrient runoff which improves aquatic habitat for fish, shellfish, and many other aquatic animals and plants.
The Partners for Fish and Wildlife program has targeted priority areas including: farmed or drained wetlands, drained vernal (spring time) ponds, riparian habitats, native grasslands, salt marshes, and upland communities.
The Service will consider any non-federal land for inclusion in the Partners program, regardless of size, provided the project meets the goals and guidelines of the program. The Partners for Fish and Wildlife program can provide interested landowners with biological expertise and funding; in return, landowners sign an agreement (with attached site management plan) that the habitat will remain in its restored condition for at least 10 years (agreements for 20 years or longer are preferred).
By strengthening existing partnerships and developing new ones to protect, enhance, and restore natural areas, the Partners program benefiits fish and wildlife. The commitment by private landowners and other partners is essential for success. The Service's Partners for Fish and Wildlife staff looks forward to working with you to restore fish and wildlife resources. In the heart of fast developing Anne Arundel County, Maryland lies a natural jewel. Nestled between busy communities and highways, are two of the largest remaining contiguous forests in the county. The forests and wetlands harbor unique plants and a large diversity of migratory birds, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals.
A movement to preserve and restore habitat in the South River watershed has been quietly building. Groups including The Scenic Rivers Land Trust, The South River Federation, The Trust For Public Land, Biophilia Foundation, Anne Arundel County and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Chesapeake Bay Field Office have joined together to protect the forests, wetlands, streams and wildlife in the South River Greenway and to provide opportunities for the public to enjoy this great natural resource.
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Contact Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in Maryland
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
177 Admiral Cochrane Dr.
Annapolis, Maryland 21401 Phone: