Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Securing funding to implement PPJV management strategies remains the shared responsibility of Joint Venture principal partners, including Federal and state governments and private conservation organizations. Additional PPJV funding must be through other organizations and individuals who enjoy, benefit from, and engage in consumptive and non-consumptive uses of wildlife.
In the first 6 years, 1987-1993, the PPJV made significant progress towards identifying funding sources outside the state and Federal agency budget process. (See PPJV Accomplishment Report). While the Service and state Fish and Wildlife agencies remain the largest contributors, there was a significant influx of funding from other sources. During that period, $139,386,609 were generated by PPJV partners in support of population and habitat projects.
Currently, spending by the USDA in programs such as the CRP, WRP, and WBP contributes significantly to achieving the goals of the PPJV. The NAWCA has been a major source of funding for PPJV projects. Ducks Unlimited, Inc. is an integral supporter and implementer of wetland projects in the PPJV. Other conservation organizations such as The Nature Conservancy, National Audubon Society, the National Wildlife Federation, Pheasants Forever, the Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and numerous sports clubs are active participants in projects that address the goals and objectives of the PPJV.
Agricultural interests, including local soil conservation districts, are recognizing the value of the partnerships developed through the PPJV and are providing direct support for habitat projects. County Conservation Boards, Land Trusts, Wildlife Trusts, Native American Tribes, and county governments, are likewise providing support. While agency budgets are getting tighter, unique and innovative partnerships keep the future of the PPJV relatively bright.
The PPJV funding strategy can be condensed into a single word, "partnerships." The Joint Venture will continue to promote partnerships (particularly in the agricultural and agency sector) to support habitat protection, restoration, and management activities. PPJV partners will become more active in identifying and pursuing "non-traditional" outside funding sources and looking for matching funds to provide maximum leverage with those sources. Local support, corporate sponsorship, foundation grants, Federal grants, and direct fund raising are all viable options that need to be aggressively explored by PPJV partners.
State and Federal agencies must pursue new funding to enhance existing budgets for their respective existing and new programs. Private organizations must assist with promoting these budgets through Congress and State legislatures, and strengthen private fund raising capabilities to generate new dollars or matching funds.
A major effort is required on all fronts to capture public support for soil, water, and wildlife conservation measures, and provide the funding support that will guarantee success for the NAWMP and the PPJV. (See Table 3).
|Table 3. PPJV Implementation
Cost Projections (1994-2001)
Numbers Taken from PPJV Accomplishments Report (1987-1993)
|Remaining Habitat Balance||Acres||Cost|
|USDA * **||190,000||95,000,000|
| * Includes estimated Wetland
Reserve Program Contributions
** Assumes extension of Conservation Reserve Program contracts and/or creation of an upland easement program