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Conservation district offering habitat plan for landowners

Money available for property owners to create habitats

The Underwood Conservation District (UCD) works with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in a program called "Partners for Fish and Wildlife" that makes money and planning advice available to private landowners for habitat projects on their land.

UCD, based in White Salmon, currently has $15,000 in an "account" with USFWS. This money is available to landowners on a 50 percent cost-share basis (i.e., the USFWS will cover half the costs of doing the project). The rest of the money can come from the landowner and other partners that can be brought in -- such as the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, conservation district, Ducks Unlimited, etc.

The prime purpose of the cost-share program is to improve priority species and their habitats in Washington. This includes oak woodlands, shrub steppe ecosystems, migratory bird habitat, bull trout habitat, threatened and endangered species, and riparian zones. The program seeks to work with landowners and other partners in conducting restoration work targeting these priorities. An avenue also exists for help with acquisition projects. Though the program is mainly established for private lands, work may also occur on certain public domains.

To discuss ideas for a project on your land, contact the UCD's Steve Stampfli at (509) 493-1936.


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