Greater Sage-grouse Working Lands for Wildlife Initiative
Funding is available and applications are currently being accepted for the Working Land for Wildlife (WLFW) Greater Sage-Grouse Initiative. All applications on file by COB Friday, June 19, 2015 will be considered for funding.
Some ideas for projects that are beneficial for Greater Sage Grouse include:
- Installing grazing infrastructure such as fences and water tanks to improve grazing management.
- Applying herbicide to control noxious species such as cheat grass to restore or release plant communities and wildlife habitat.
- Removing conifer trees that are encroaching into sagebrush ecological sites.
The Sage-grouse Working Lands for Wildlife Initiative (WLFW) is offered in 11 Western states under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The program will offer financial assistance through the Working Lands for Wildlife Initiative and its purpose is to provide assistance to agricultural producers to implement practices that will alleviate or reduce threats to sage-grouse habitat.
Applicants will complete a Threat Checklist to determine the number and type of threats associated with sage-grouse habitat. This checklist also helps identify the treatments that a producer is ready, willing, and able to implement.
Applications will be prioritized and ranked based on criteria such as: identified threats that will be addressed in the contract, percent of the operation to be enrolled, and location of the operation in relation to the core, current, or historic sage-grouse range.
Interested producers may apply for a Conservation Activity Plan (110 Grazing Management Plan) under EQIP. Under this option, a Technical Service Provider works with the producer to develop a Grazing Management Plan on the participant’s operation as a single, stand-alone program contract. The plan must be developed within 12 months after obligation. A subsequent application for EQIP or WHIP to contract implementation of structural practices may be considered.
The following practices are available under this special initiative. Applicants should work with their local Natural Resources Conservation Service staff to select and design appropriate practices that will improve rangeland health or benefit sage-grouse habitat directly.
Mary Schrader, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, 307-233-6762