Working Lands for Wildlife - Golden-Winged Warbler
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 $33 million in financial assistance from the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program to combat the decline of seven specific wildlife species whose decline can be reversed and will benefit other species with similar habitat needs.
Through Working Lands for Wildlife landowners can voluntarily participate in an incentive-based efforts 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 Virginia, the Golden Winged Warbler is our species of concern that can benefit from our efforts to restore its habitat. Funds available through this initiative will assist private land owners create and maintain the habitat necessary to sustain breeding populations of golden-winged warbler within and adjacent to their current range. It focuses on the creation, management and maintenance of early successional habitat in close association with forested landscapes, or adjacent to active agriculture or pastureland. Conservation efforts in support of the golden-winged warbler will benefit several other species that depend on similar habitat.
Goals / Objectives Working Lands for Wildlife will enable private landowners to create and enhance approximately 10,000 acres of early successional forest habitat over five years, precluding the need to federally list the golden-winged warbler.
Eligible Golden-Winged Warbler Focus Area
- 643 Restoration and Management of Rare and Declining Habitats;
- 645 Upland Wildlife Habitat Management;
- 647 Early Successional Habitat Development and Management
• 472 Access Control •314 Brush Management • 327 Conservation Cover • 342 Critical Area Planting • 324 Deep Tillage • 382 Fence • 394 Firebreak • 315 Herbaceous Weed Control • 484 Mulching • 338 Prescribed Burning • 528 Prescribed Grazing • 612 Tree/Shrub Establishment • 644 Wetland Wildlife Habitat Management
Outcomes and Impacts Working Lands for Wildlife will increase improve early successional habitat, decreasing habitat fragmentation and reducing isolation of golden-winged warbler populations. The result will be an expansion of Appalachian breeding habitat and an increase in reproducing golden-winged warbler populations, decreasing the potential for listing under the Endangered Species Act.