Teleconference: Broader Application of Working Lands for Wildlife
When: Monday, June 20, 2016 | 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. EST
Host: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Presenters: NRCS Chief Jason Weller and NRCS Working Lands for Wildlife Coordinator Galon Hall
Description: This teleconference will explain the exciting expansion of the NRCS’ Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) program for interested partners, landowners, and NRCS employees. The Sage Grouse Initiative is a cornerstone of WLFW. Beginning in fiscal year 2017, NRCS is encouraging its state teams to identify more target species as well as priority landscapes in order to build partnerships that support private landowners using the proven WLFW model.
This call will detail how to submit proposals for new species by August 31, 2016. Proposals should identify the priority landscape, target species, threats, goals, timelines, applicable Farm Bill programs and conservation practices, and how the six critical elements of the WLFW conservation model will be addressed. Multi-state projects are highly encouraged.
Background: The WLFW partnership uses a targeted, win-win approach to improving agricultural productivity and enhancing wildlife habitat. Through the WLFW conservation model, the NRCS has worked with agricultural producers and conservation partners to conserve more than 6.7 million acres of wildlife habitat on working lands for seven target species, including sage grouse. To build on this success and benefit more species and ecosystems, NRCS is broadening this important program.
The Sage Grouse Initiative is a partnership-based, science-driven effort that uses voluntary incentives to proactively conserve America’s western rangelands, wildlife, and rural way of life. This initiative is part of Working Lands For Wildlife, which is led by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.