Nearly 70 percent of the United States’ and fish and wildlife habitat are spread across privately owned landscapes. Working through 3,000 soil and water conservation districts and other partners, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has assisted in the development of conservation practices that have enhanced America’s fish and wildlife habitat resources.
Working together with others, NRCS pursues the following specific objectives concerning biological resources and their habitats:
To restore, create, maintain, or enhance terrestrial and aquatic habitat that can attract, support, or produce wildlife and aquatic organisms
To conserve the habitats of wildlife and aquatic organisms and to minimize or avoid damage to habitat from changes in land use or from installation of soil, water animals, plants, air and relate human resource conservation measures
NRCS pursues a science-base approach in the development and implementation of conservation practices benefitting fish and wildlife. As such, NRCS has developed and distributed scientifically-based technical materials related to fish and wildlife habitat management. Some of these materials can be found in various sections of the website and may be available to all interested parties including landowners, NRCS staff, conservation districts, fish and wildlife agencies and farm and wildlife groups.
The report was developed with assistance from the former members of the Agricultural Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) and former Wildlife Habitat Management Institute (WHMI), as well as national NRCS biologists and the NRCS Wildlife Team. Photographs in this report were provided by the NRCS, as well as its partners and cooperators. It was compiled by Iowa State University for the AWCC as part of a CESU cooperative agreement with Extension Wildlife Programs.