Assisting Private Landowners with Wildlife Management
About 95% of the land in Kentucky is privately owned. To successfully manage our wildlife resources, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources works cooperatively with Kentucky's private landowners.
One of the essential ingredients in conserving Kentucky’s wildlife resources is habitat improvement. Our Habitat Improvement Program offers an opportunity for interested landowners or managers, hunters, and groups to work with wildlife professionals toward a common goal of improving wildlife habitat--their cover, food, water, and space--across the state.
Wildlife biologists are available to work with interested individuals or groups on properties of 25 acres or more that they own or have management rights on. This program helps create suitable habitats that benefit local wildlife populations and demonstrate to others the value of such improvements. The technical assistance is designed to help participants to meet their goals. There is no obligation for participation in this program.
The Habitat Improvement Program can provide a link to available funds and other assistance offered by state, federal, and private agencies. There are many opportunities to receive technical assistance and even financial assistance through a variety of programs for incorporating wildlife habitat improvement projects into ongoing farming operations and other land management systems.
Funding for habitat improvement projects is dependent upon how the projects will benefit wildlife. Availability of funds is also subject to annual changes in federal and state appropriations. Eligible projects must be approved before they are begun. Some commonly recommended practices include fescue eradication, beneficial grass establishment, shallow-wetland creation, and tree or shrub planting.
Whether your recreational enjoyment comes from hunting, photographing, or simply observing wildlife, the Habitat Improvement Program can help make a difference in wildlife use of your property. Take advantage of this program to increase your enjoyment, knowing that you are helping conserve wildlife populations and their habitats.
Let a wildlife biologist help you put wild know-how to work on your land. There is no charge or obligation for participating in this program. You will not be required to allow hunting or other public uses of your land if you participate in this or other technical guidance programs.
Assistance is also available through:
- Business Conservation Partnership - for any businesses, municipalities, churches, or other groups interested in improving habitat, reducing maintenance, and improving human relations.
- Forest Stewardship Program - for landowners with 10 or more acres who wish to work with both a wildlife biologist and a professional forester.
- Backyard Wildlife Program - do-it-yourself help kit for properties smaller than 5 acres, for schools and outdoor classroom design, or for anyone interested in backyard wildlife enhancement. A nominal fee is charged for the kit.
To find out more about the KY Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ Habitat Improvement Program or other programs, contact the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources at
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) is funded through the sale of hunting and fishing licenses and boat registration fees. It receives no general fund tax dollars.
KDFWR does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services and provides, upon request, reasonable accommodation including auxiliary aids and services necessary to afford individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in all programs and activities.