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Wildlife Assessments

Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) wildlife assessments quantify the effects of voluntary conservation efforts on select fish and wildlife species across the nation’s agricultural lands.

About CEAP Wildlife Assessments

Approximately two-thirds of the land in the lower 48 states is privately owned. Farms, ranches, and private forests across the nation provide critical habitat for wildlife, and many species have rebounded and recovered largely thanks to the voluntary conservation efforts of agricultural producers. Through CEAP, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) collaborates with fish and wildlife management and science communities to strengthen voluntary conservation for a range of at-risk species.

CEAP wildlife assessments deliver site-specific monitoring to inform on-the-ground conservation improvements and generate science support and tools for more effective delivery of conservation actions that benefit priority fish and wildlife species and communities. Details on the methods for wildlife assessments are available on the CEAP Frequently Asked Questions page.

CEAP Wildlife Publications and Relevant Tools

Reports, Articles, and Bibliographies
Fact Sheets: Conservation Insights and Science Notes
Webinars and Blogs

CEAP Wildlife Highlights

The below highlights represent recent resources and key findings on wildlife conservation efforts and outcomes. Visit this webpage frequently to see what's new, or browse the above publications to access hundreds of published resources from CEAP wildlife assessments.

Webinar Recording

Science Informs Managing Working Lands for Lesser Prairie-Chickens

This Conservation Outcomes Webinar highlights findings on the incorporation of managed livestock grazing, prescribed fire, tree removal, and strategic placement of Conservation Reserve Program tracts to benefit lesser prairie-chickens. The presenter is Dr. David Haukos, Kansas State University.

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Additional Resources

Charlie Rewa

Wildlife Lead, Conservation Effects Assessment Project