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Department of Fish and Wildlife

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is dedicated to preserving, protecting and perpetuating the state’s fish and wildlife resources. The department operates under a dual mandate from the Washington Legislature to: protect and enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats; and provide sustainable, fish- and wildlife-related recreational and commercial opportunities.

For more information on WDFW, go to: http://wdfw.wa.gov/

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Washington State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) A voluntary program that aims to provide wildlife habitat for high value species on private land. It is part of the Farm Service Agency’s Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and is implemented in cooperation with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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ALEA Volunteer Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Program Program assists volunteer organizations in fish and wildlife habitat enhancement. Work is done on private property with materials and construction cost paid by the program.

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Landowner Incentive Program The Landowner Incentive Program (LIP) is a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant program administered by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. It provides technical and financial assistance to private landowners for conservation and restoration efforts that produce benefits to at-risk fish and wildlife species and their habitats.

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Migratory Waterfowl Artwork Program The Migratory Waterfowl Artwork Program provides small grants to private landowners or non-profit organizations for waterfowl enhancement or restoration projects and implementation of best management practices. The program also provides funds for acquisition of WDFW properties.

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WDFW Partnerships for Pheasants Annual cash rental payments to landowners who plant and maintain high quality habitat for pheasants and allow public hunting. Property must be within the Pheasant Management Focus Area in southeast Washington (portions of Whitman, Walla Walla, Columbia, and Garfield counties) unless extenuating circumstances exist.

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Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups Projects can include stream-side fencing, construction of off-channel rearing habitat, and estuarine and riparian habitat restoration. The program improves fish habitat on private lands with little to no cost to the landowner. Technical assistance is provided by WDFW field staff who assist in project design and implementation.

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Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group Program (RFEG) Consists of 14 non-profit community-based organizations that work toward enhancing and recovering Washington’s salmon and steelhead and their habitats.

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Grants to Wildlife Rehabilitators Project The Grants to Wildlife Rehabilitators Project helps support licensed wildlife rehabilitators by compensating them for care of sick and injured wildlife.

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Wildlife Restoration (Pittman-Robertson) The purpose of this Act was to provide funding for restoration of wild birds and mammals and to acquire, develop and manage their habitats. The Act was amended October 23, 1970, to include funding for hunter training programs and the development, operation and maintenance of public shooting ranges.

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State Wildlife Grants (SWGs) Provides funding to every state and territory to support cost effective conservation aimed at keeping wildlife from becoming endangered. It is designed to assist states by providing federal funds for the development and implementation of programs that benefit wildlife and their habitat, including species that are not hunted or fished.

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Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund Provides grants to States and Territories to participate in a wide array of voluntary conservation projects for candidate, proposed, and listed species. The program provides funding to States and Territories for species and habitat conservation actions on non-Federal lands.

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National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Act Grant Program The Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act (Title III of P.L. 101-646) established the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program to acquire, restore, and enhance wetlands of coastal states and the trust territories.

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North American Wetlands Conservation Grants Program (NAWCA) Provides matching grants to organizations and individuals who have developed partnerships to carry out wetlands conservation projects in the United States, Canada, and Mexico for the benefit of wetlands-associated migratory birds and other wildlife

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