Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in North Dakota

With over 90% of North Dakota lands in private ownership, the North Dakota Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program is one of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s most important programs to restore and maintain habitat for migratory bird populations in the Central Flyway. 

Since 1987, the North Dakota Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program has matched federal funds with donated private funds and North American Wetland Conservation Act grants to restore, create, and enhance wildlife habitat on more than 144,000 acres of private land in the state (equal to 225 square miles).

The Partners Program boasts projects in all 52 counties of North Dakota, in cooperation with 2,753 farmers and ranchers, who themselves have donated over $1 million in direct payment and hands-on work to develop new habitat and to initiate conservation-oriented agricultural practices that benefit wildlife.

The goals of the North Dakota Partners Program serve to enhance wildlife populations and the Fish and Service's ability to fulfill its mission in other programs, particularly the National Wildlife Refuge System. They are:

  • Restore and enhance wildlife habitat to meet goals and priorities of national and state-level plans
  • Seek and maintain active partnerships with other entities to maximize cost distribution and coordinated efforts.
  • Implement habitat enhancement that harmonizes with agricultural operations as much as possible for long-term acceptance.
  • Develop positive, cooperative relationships with as many landowners as possible.

Priorities for North Dakota Partners activities are aligned with those of Fish and Wildlife Service priorities and our partners, and tie directly to restoration and management of federal trust species. They are (in priority order):

  1. Restore, enhance and establish habitat for Endangered and Threatened Species.
  2. Restore, enhance and establish habitat for Declining Species and Species of Special Concern.
  3. Restore, enhance and establish habitat for other Migratory Birds.


Contact Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in North Dakota


Contact Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in North Dakota

Steve Fairbairn
Assistant State Coordinator
3425 Miriam Ave
Bismarck, North Dakota  58501
Phone: (701) 355-8527
Fax: 701 250-4412


 

Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • North Dakota