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Fish and Wildlife

KDFWR and NRCS working togetherNearly 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. 

For 15 years, NRCS has partnered with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) to improve wildlife habitat across the state. There are now 15 KDFWR Biologists who work on USDA Farm Bill Programs like the Wetland Reserve Program (WRP), Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Working Lands for Wildlife Initiative, Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP), and the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP). These biologists are specialized in the area of wildlife and work alongside NRCS field staff to implement these important programs.

Some of the accomplishments that the partnership is most proud of include; over 130,000 acres of native warm season grasses and rare/declining habitat established through CRP and CREP; over 30,000 acres of habitat planted in the WHIP/EQIP program; over 6,600 acres of Forest Stand Improvement planned or completed; and over 20,000 acres of critical wetlands through WRP.


The Kentucky Interagency Coordination Tool Provides Strategies to Improve the Habitats of Threatened and Endangered Species, by Casey Shrader, State Biologist

State Contact:


Mark Ferguson
State Resource Conservationist