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Partnership Works with Landowners to Restore Habitat on Private Lands

Habitat management restoration project in Warren County NJ; photo by Evan Madlinger, NRCS.
As part of the Working Lands for Wildlife program for Golden-winged Warblers (GWWA), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) contracted with 5 landowners who owned a total of 87 acres to pursue habitat management in 2012. This was possible because of outstanding support from the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife (NJDFW) Endangered and Non-game species program. Sharon Petzinger (who oversees GWWA for NJDFW) worked closely with NRCS to provide valuable assistance by visiting each site. The collaboration was mutually beneficial as Sharon became familiar with NRCS programs and the processes and tools for doing habitat restoration, while educating NRCS staff on all aspects of GWWA. The partnership developed the best possible restoration plans with the highest probability of success and was greatly helped by NRCS field staff, New Jersey Audubon, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife.