(Released: June 18, 2021 - Expired: September 30, 2021)

CONTACT: Michael Mazzacavallo
Habitat Biologist
(907) 267-2891

Proposals Sought for the 2022 Mat-Su Valley Habitat Rehabilitation & Protection Cost-Share Program

(Anchorage) - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), Division of Sport Fish is currently accepting proposals for the 2022 Mat-Su Habitat Rehabilitation & Protection Cost-Share Program. The submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. Thursday, September 30, 2021.

The Mat-Su Habitat Rehabilitation & Protection Cost-Share Program, administered cooperatively by ADF&G and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), is a financial incentive and educational outreach program directed towards 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 lake shorelines and streambanks in the Mat-Su Borough. Funds are limited and not all projects can be funded; however, if selected landowners could have up to 2/3 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 proven bioengineering techniques to help stabilize, revegetate, and rehabilitate streambanks and shorelines.

"This is an excellent opportunity for private landowners to get financial assistance for streambank stabilization and restoration work along their properties," stated Habitat Biologist Michael Mazzacavallo, "These projects aim to help reduce erosion and provide fish-friendly alternatives for accessing your waterfronts, while also protecting and maintain healthy juvenile salmon habitat."

For a proposal form for the program and additional information, please contact the program biologist Michael Mazzacavallo at (907) 267-2891 or by email at DFG.DSF.StreambankRehab@alaska.gov. Additional information is also available on the ADF&G Cost-Share Program webpage.