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Working Lands for Wildlife

Working Lands for Wildlife bannerThrough Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW), NRCS works with partners and private landowners to focus voluntary conservation on working landscapes. NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to agricultural producers, helping them plan and implement conservation practices that benefit target species and priority landscapes.

Since 2012, NRCS has restored and protected 6.7 million acres of much-needed habitat for a variety of wildlife. These efforts have led to the rebound and recovery of many species, demonstrating the WLFW conservation model works.

Projects focus on declining species that have needs compatible with agricultural practices and rural land management and that can benefit from conservation on private lands. The habitat needs of these species are representative of healthy, functioning ecosystems where conservation efforts benefit a much broader suite of species. Maryland has identified four target species.

Target Species in Maryland

Golden Winged Warbler
American Black Duck
Bog Turtle
Northern Bobwhite

Working Lands for Wildlife provides financial and technical support to increase conservation efforts and share the cost of conservation practices with landowners in the areas known to support one or more of the selected  species.  Producers and landowners can enroll in WLFW on a continuous basis at their local NRCS office. Funding assistance for WLFW projects is available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). The NRCS conservation professional you work with can help you determine which Farm Bill program can help support your proposed project.

To learn more about assistance available through WLFW, contact your local USDA service center.

Technical Contact

Steve Strano
State Biologist
Phone: 443.482.2928
Email: steve.strano@md.usda.gov

Program Contact

Mikel Williams Hawkins
Farm Bill Specialist
Phone: 443.482.2923
Email: mikel.williams@md.usda.gov