ADFG Seeking Input On Fairbanks Habitat Restoration Projects

The following is courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:

Proposals Sought for Fairbanks Habitat Rehabilitation & Protection Cost-Share 

(Fairbanks) – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), Division of Sport Fish is currently accepting proposals for the Fairbanks Habitat Restoration & Protection Cost-Share.

The Fairbanks Habitat Rehabilitation & Protection Cost-Share, administered cooperatively by ADF&G and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), is a financial incentive and educational outreach program directed toward private landowners and public land managers. The program provides technical expertise about rehabilitation practices, state and federal permitting assistance, and funding for salmon habitat rehabilitation and protection projects along streambanks on the Tanana Watershed. Funds are limited and not all projects can be funded; however, selected landowners could have up to 50% of the cost of their project reimbursed. Additionally, ADF&G staff provides educational opportunities to landowners, public land managers, and the public on the techniques and value of fish habitat. The program uses and funds proven bioengineering techniques such as coir logs, willow plantings, cabled spruce trees, rootwads, and elevated light penetrating walkways to help stabilize, revegetate, and rehabilitate streambanks.

“Many landowners are spending more time recreating from their properties and are noticing areas of concern along their streambanks. Landowners, who have concerns about their streambank should contact the Fairbanks Habitat Rehabilitation & Protection Cost-Share for help,” stated Habitat Biologist Jessica Johnson. “Landowners who participate in Cost-Share help support and maintain healthy juvenile salmon habitat and populations.”

For additional information, please contact the program’s Habitat Biologist Jess Johnson at (907) 267-2403 or by email. Additional information is also available on the ADF&G Cost-Share Program webpage.