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Landscape Initiatives

NRCS has implemented a broad spectrum of initiatives since January of 2009. These initiatives enable NRCS to more effectively address priority natural resource concerns by delivering systems of practices, primarily to the most vulnerable lands within geographic focus areas.

North Dakota NRCS Landscape Conservation Initiatives

The Northern Plains Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative (NPMBHI) helps eligible producers accelerate the implementation of conservation practices to enhance wetland wildlife habitats on the state's working lands.

NPMBHI Photo

The On-Farm Energy Initiative enables producers to identify ways to conserve energy on the farm and implement practices associated with energy conservation.

Farm Energy Photo

The Organic Initiative provides opportunities for organic producers to address resource concerns related to organic production.

Organic Photo

The Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative offers assistance to producers to help extend the growing season for crops in an environmentally safe manner.

High Tunnel Photo

The Working Lands for Wildlife Initiative is a partnership aimed at combating the decline of wildlife species whose decline can be reversed and will benefit other species with similar habitat needs.

Working Lands Photo

 

Through these initiatives, NRCS seeks to accomplish: 

  • Conservation beyond boundaries—Landscape-scale natural resource concerns, such as species conservation and water quality, cannot be treated effectively based on geo-political boundaries.  NRCS recognizes that natural resource concerns transcend farm, county, and state boundaries.

  • A science-based approach—Findings from the multi-agency Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) indicate the most effective way to increase protection of natural resources is to target conservation to the most vulnerable or valuable areas and to apply a systems rather than a practice-by-practice approach.  Within individual initiatives, the best available university and government science resources are used to define initiative targeting approaches.

  • Build on existing locally-led efforts and partnerships—NRCS seeks to maximize the success of initiatives by leveraging partner interest and resources through programmatic and other tools.

  • Regulatory certainty for agricultural producers—Where applicable, NRCS is working with regulators so agricultural producers can have certainty that the voluntary conservation systems they implement are consistent with current and potential regulation, as well as sustained agricultural production.