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Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW)

Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW)

Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW)
 

Sage-Grouse Conservation Funding Available to Enhance Sustainable Ranching and Support Rural Economies
Private Landowners can sign up today for Working Lands for Wildlife


Application cutoff date is April 30, 2012

The nation’s rural landowners, its farmers, ranchers, and forest owners, provide not only food and fiber for the world, but also a host of environmental benefits, including habitat for wildlife. Nearly two thirds of all species federally listed as threatened or endangered exist on private lands. Conservation efforts on these lands generate outdoor recreation and economic activity that result in sustained growth for local communities and landowners.

As part of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) Initiative, the administration is partnering with federal, state and local wildlife experts to jointly identify at-risk species that would benefit from targeted investments of habitat restoration on private lands. Working Lands for Wildlife is a new partnership between NRCS and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to use agency technical expertise combined with financial assistance from the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) to strategically focus conservation towards at-risk wildlife species whose decline can be reversed with the help of private landowners.

Working Lands for Wildlife is an incentive-based effort designed to:

  • Restore populations of declining wildlife species.
  • Provide farmers, ranchers, and forest managers with regulatory certainty that conservation investments they make today help sustain their operations over the long term.
  • Strengthen and sustain rural economies by restoring and protecting the productive capacity of working lands

In fiscal year 2012, $33 million in WHIP will be highly targeted to benefit seven species around the country including: greater sage-grouse, New England cottontail, bog turtle, golden-winged warbler, gopher tortoise, lesser prairie-chicken, and Southwestern willow flycatcher. In Oregon, Working Lands for Wildlife will enhance on-going conservation efforts through the Sage-Grouse Initiative.

 

How to Apply

Interested participants seeking assistance should apply today. NRCS field office phone numbers for counties with sage-grouse habitat:

Deschutes &
Crook Counties............................ 541-923-4358
Lake County................................. 541-947-2367
Harney County............................. 541-573-6446
Malheur County........................... 541-889-7637
Baker County................................ 541-523-7121


Contacts


Todd Peplin, Oregon WHIP Program Manager
Phone: (541) 923-4358 ext 131
Email: todd.peplin@or.usda.gov

Jeremy Maestas, State Habitat Biologist
Phone: (541) 923-4358 ext 109
Email: jeremy.maestas@or.usda.gov