Fishers & Farmers Partnership (FFP) is seeking project proposals to benefit aquatic habitat in Mississippi River Basin streams. Federal funding may be available under the National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP) through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to fund top ranked proposals. Passage of America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act on October 30, 2020, brought changes to the existing granting program. Submission deadlines have been changed from previous years and the proposal review process has been lengthened.
Applicants can be tribal, federal, state, county, and non-government organizations in either natural resources or agriculture with the ultimate goal of adding value to farms while restoring aquatic habitat and native fish populations. Managers and supervisors responsible for implementing fish habitat projects must document compliance with all applicable tribal, federal, state, local, laws and regulations. The ACE Act includes special considerations for Tribes that we are still awaiting interpretation. Please contact FFP’s Coordinator if you have a project on Tribal land.
Fishers & Farmers Priorities:
• Increase native fish/mussel populations
• Improve in-stream habitat by reducing sedimentation, phosphorus and nitrogen runoff
• Work with farmers/landowners to protect/maintain healthy aquatic systems, or prevent further degradation by promoting best management practices across the landscape
• Increase landowner engagement/farmer-led committees that drive conservation
• Improve floodplain habitat, enhance flow regimes, improve connectivity
• Monitor effectiveness of conservation projects, then share our stories through outreach