Wildlife Habitat Planning Program
New England’s farms, woodlands, and waters are special places steeped in culture, tradition, and natural heritage. These lands—and the natural resources on them—form the backbone of our local economies.
Unlike other parts of the country, however, most of the land in the Northeast is privately owned. The open spaces, farmlands, forests, and flourishing wildlife populations on these private lands contribute to our quality of life. These valuable resources are available to us thanks to the many property owners who are thoughtful stewards of their lands. Hunters, anglers, other outdoor enthusiasts, and the general public enjoy the benefits of our beautiful landscapes, while private landowners bear the burden of managing forest and farm resources for our future.
What value do you place on…
a healthy deer population, the announcement of spring in a warbler’s song, the rich taste of maple syrup, or the bounty of brook trout in a clean, cold stream?
How can landowners receive financial assistance to conserve important wildlife habitats on their properties?
We can help you protect and enhance these resources for future generations. If you are a landowner, or the steward of a land trust, you may be eligible for a government program that provides financial assistance to develop a plan that conserves, enhances, and/or restores fish and wildlife habitat on your property.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provides part or all of the payment for the development of a Fish and Wildlife Habitat Plan. This type of plan is considered a Conservation Activity Plan (CAP) and is funded through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to eligible landowners who are willing to address priority environmental issues by implementing conservation practices. Eligible landowners can apply at any time (see FAQs for more information).
How BRI helps landowners in the process of habitat planning.
BRI’s new Wildlife Habitat Planning Program provides an important service to landowners who have an NRCS contract to develop a Fish and Wildlife Habitat Plan for their property. Program director, Deborah Perkins, is a technical service provider certified to develop these plans. She works in collaboration with other BRI staff to help landowners develop a high-quality plan that:
- Addresses the client’s specific resource concerns
- Advances regional conservation priorities (as identified by resource agencies)
- Maximizes the unique potential of the property’s habitat features
Services offered by BRI’s Wildlife Habitat Planning Program:
- Fish and Wildlife Habitat Plans for landowners enrolled in NRCS programs
- Fish and Wildlife Plans for any landowner, at a reasonable contract rate
- Wildlife surveys and habitat assessments
- Workshops on “Understanding Forest Biodiversity”
Collaborating BRI directors:
- Catherine Flegel, Ph.D.
Risk and Compliance Advisor
Certified Wildlife Biologist (The Wildlife Society)
- Andrew Gilbert, M.S.
Data Management and GIS Director
Collaborating BRI staff:
- Ian Johnson, GIS Specialist
- Robby Lambert, Migratory Bird Program Coordinator