Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW)
NRCS has formed partnership with the Department of Interior’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) called Working Lands for Wildlife to accelerate wildlife conservation for targeted at-risk or listed species.
Working Lands For Wildlife (WLFW), focuses conservation dollars and wildlife expertise on the recovery of certain at-risk, threatened or endangered wildlife species while helping other vulnerable and game species that depend on similar habitat. Nationwide, seven species have been identified for the WLFW.
With nearly two thirds of all species federally listed as threatened or endangered with populations on private lands, the ability to work with private landowners and target our conservation efforts can have a tremendous beneficial impact to protection and recovery of declining wildlife species. This partnership uses innovative approaches with farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to restore and protect priority habitat areas on private land for seven species which include: New England cottontail, bog turtle, golden-winged warbler, gopher tortoise, greater sage-grouse, lesser prairie-chicken and the Southwestern willow flycatcher.
Working Lands for Wildlife has three primary goals:
Restore populations of declining wildlife species
Provide landowners with regulatory certainty
Strengthen rural economies through productive working lands
NRCS in 2012 and 2013 committed Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) funding to share the cost of conservation practices with landowners in the areas known to support one or more of the selected species. For 2014, WHIP Applications within the defined habitat focal areas will again receive highest consideration. Producers and landowners can enroll in WHIP on a continuous basis at their local NRCS office.
Target Species in Pennsylvania
The bog turtle, American’s smallest turtle, is federally listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
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The Golden Winged Warbler has undergone significant population declines in the Appalachian region.
Click on the Golden Winged Warbler to learn more!
Assistant State Conservationist for Programs