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Report: Conservation on Private Lands Vital to America’s Birds

Pages from 2013 State of the Birds imageGet a close and colorful glimpse of how farmers, ranchers and landowners use conservation to help America’s birds through healthy habitats. The State of the Birds 2013 Report on Private Lands shows how private lands have critical conservation value, and that landowners and managers can measure their yield by the size of their harvest and in bluebirds, hawks and canvasbacks.

The report includes success stories showing NRCS conservation efforts at work. NRCS’ Wetlands Reserve Program and landscape conservation initiatives, among other efforts, have led to meaningful results. Private landowners own and manage 1.43 billion acres, about 60 percent of the U.S., meaning the voluntary conservation work of private landowners is crucial.

The State of the Birds reports are produced by a coalition of 15 research institutions, conservation organizations and federal agencies, including NRCS. The full report is available here.

Birds need clean air, clean water and healthy natural spaces just like we do. Read an editorial by NRCS Acting Chief Jason Weller and National Audubon Society President and CEO David Yarnold about conservation and its benefits to birds.

Read the press release titled USDA and Department of Interior highlight successes of protecting bird habitat on private lands.

To learn how you can get involved in conservation, contact your local service center.