Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in Ohio

Over 90% of Ohio’s remaining wildlife habitat occurs on private lands. Likewise,  migratory birds and other resident bird, mammal, and insect species depend on private  land during their breeding, nesting, and brood-rearing seasons. Improving and managing  your land for wildlife will make a difference in the sustainability of Ohio’s natural  resources.

Ohio’s historic landscape was a unique wilderness comprised of hardwood forests, vast  wetlands, fens, bogs, prairie grasslands, oak savannas, clear springs, creeks, and streams.   This diverse landscape provided the resources European settlers depended on as the  expansion west continued in the early 1800’s. Today, few pre-European settlement  wetlands, prairies, and mature forests survive in Ohio. Less than a 1% of the prairies  exist. Only an estimated 480,000 acres of wetlands remain for migratory waterfowl.   Ohio’s once vast forests are threatened daily by invasive species, disease, and continued  fragmentation. This degradation of natural ecosystems has also contributed to poor water  quality in some of Ohio’s streams. Likewise, the wildlife that depends on these unique  ecosystems has declined proportionately. Migratory birds like the Cerulean warbler,  Henslow’s sparrow and blue-wing teal need healthy forests, diverse grasslands, and  productive wetlands to sustain their life cycle.

Land stewardship begins with you, the private landowner. By promoting wildlife habitat  you contribute to species survival, soil and water conservation, and you can begin to  build a land ethic for future generations to emulate and respect. 

Habitat Restoration Activities

Wetlands recharge groundwater, provide flood  control, filter runoff, and are diverse and dynamic ecosystems  that waterfowl, shorebirds, amphibians and other wildlife depend  on. Restore a wetland and begin watching this ecosystem  develop on your land.

Prairie Grasslands 
Native grasslands provide  excellent cover in the spring for grassland  dependent nesting birds like bobolinks,  meadowlarks, and field sparrows. The also  serve as nesting, brood-rearing, and winter  cover for resident wildlife species. Promoting  grassland habitat on your land can make for a  well-balanced conservation area.

Streams and Woodlands 
Streams and Woodlands are unique habitats the  Partners program can assist you in restoring.   Healthy woodlands support migratory birds like  scarlet tanagers, Eastern flycatchers, and  Cerulean warblers. Healthy streams are  important for human benefits as well as fish,  mussels and aquatic insects.

Oak Savanna 
Characteristics of oak  savanna are open grown oaks with prairie  grasses and flowers as the ground layer.   Removing invasive tree and shrub species is  the first step in restoring oak savanna.  Savanna birds include blue birds, red-headed  woodpeckers, and Eastern wild turkey

How do I get Started?
A FWS private lands biologist will have a one-on-one meeting with you to discuss your  goals for your land and see if the project lends itself to the Partners for Fish and Wildlife  Program criteria and objectives. We can help you with habitat assessments, discuss  wildlife improvements and benefits, and increase your stewardship knowledge of your  land.

What happens Next?
If your land is eligible, a wildlife management agreement will be developed to enroll you  in the Partners program. This ten-year agreement allows the private lands biologist to  continue providing technical assistance for you and spells-out financial support that will  be offered for wildlife improvements on your property. 

A wildlife management plan will be included. This plan will explain the: who, what,  where, when, and how management activities may be implemented on your property.  Restoration techniques and methods will be addressed in the management plan.


Contact Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in Ohio

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Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in Ohio is not employed by or affiliated with the Land Conservation Assistance Network, and the Network does not certify or guarantee their services. The reader must perform their own due diligence and use their own judgment in the selection of any professional.

Contact Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in Ohio

771 East Main Street
Suite 102
Newark, Ohio  43055
Phone: (740) 670-5312
Fax: (740) 349-8573


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