Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in Virginia

The Partners Program in Virginia is administered from the Virginia Field Office in Gloucester, Virginia. The program began in 1989 with restoration efforts concentrated on non-tidal wetland habitats in the coastal plain and stream restoration in the mountains of southwest Virginia. Projects are focused in areas where conservation efforts will provide the greatest benefit for federal trust species. In recent years, the Partners Program has focused more effort on the Chesapeake Bay, especially the James River and Bayside Eastern Shore, and on recovery of aquatic species in Appalachian watersheds. The Partners Program has also been expanded to include a significant focus on longleaf pine community restoration in Southside Virginia.

Since 1989, the PFW program in Virginia has completed activites on over 24,817 acres and 275 miles including:

  • Wetlands - 9,322 acres have been restored, 2,692 acres enhanced, 1,251 acres established, and 7,475 acres protected;
  • Uplands - 1,312 acres have been restored, 242 acres enhanced, 1,293 acres established, and an additional 1,230 acres protected; and
  • Riparian - 264 miles have been restored, 1 mile enhanced, and an additional 10 miles protected.

HABITATS OF SPECIAL CONCERN

Migratory Birds
The Eastern Shore of Virginia/Maryland/Delaware is a critical area for migratory waterbirds and songbirds. The PFW program has focused on establishment of vegetative corridors to link blocks of high quality habitats in this coastal zone, providing safe passage for migrating birds.

Forested Wetlands
Virginia has lost 42% of its original wetlands since the 1780s. Substantial wetland losses have continued in recent decades. In the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the largest loss of forested wetlands in the 1980's was in Virginia. It is estimated that Virginia lost more than 17,800 acres of wetlands in the Chesapeake Bay watershed between 1982 and 1989, primarily due to conversion for agriculture and urban related development. Sixty-four percent of Virginia's remaining freshwater wetlands, predominantly forested wetlands, are located in the coastal plain. Of these, a large number have been ditched, impairing many of their natural functions.

Endangered Species
Virginia harbors 66 enadangered, threatened, and candidate species, the highest concentration on the Atlantic Coast. The Upper Tennessee River Basin of southwest Virginia is a globally rare ecosystem with an unusually high diversity of aquatic freshwater species, 27 species of federally listed fishes and mussels.

 


Contact Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in Virginia


Contact Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in Virginia

Dave Byrd
Supervisory Fish & Wildlife Biologist
6669 Short Lane
Gloucester, Virginia  23061
Phone: 804-824-2412
Fax: (804) 693-9032


 

Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • Virginia