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2014 Southwestern Willow Flycatcher | UTAH NRCS





The nation’s private landowners, its farmers, ranchers, and forest owners, provide not only food and fiber for the world, but also a host of environmental benefits, including habitat for wildlife. Nearly two thirds of all species federally listed as threatened or endangered exist on private lands. Conservation efforts on these lands generate outdoor recreation and economic activity that result in sustained growth for local communities and landowners.

Working Lands for Wildlife is an incentive-based effort designed to:

  • Restore populations of declining wildlife species.
  • Provide farmers, ranchers, forest managers, and other private landowners with regulatory certainty that conservation investments they make today help sustain their operations over the long term.
  • Strengthen and sustain rural economies by restoring and protecting the productive capacity of working lands.

WHIP will be highly targeted to benefit seven species around the country including: lesser prairie-chicken, New England cottontail, black-footed ferret, greater sage-grouse, gopher tortoise, bog turtle, golden-winged warbler and southwestern willow flycatcher.

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In Utah, Working Lands for Wildlife will enhance on-going conservation efforts for three species:

  1. The Southwestern willow flycatcher is a small brown songbird that is Federally listed as endangered. This bird occurs across the southwestern United States, including the southern Utah counties of Washington, Kane, and San Juan. The flycatcher nests in dense streamside vegetation, which is not as widespread as it was historically. NRCS would like to work with landowners to engage in conservation plans that would plant native vegetation, remove invasive weeds, prevent catastrophic fires, and reconnect rivers to their natural floodplains. Property owners would benefit from bank stabilization and flood reduction, reduction of wildfire risk, increased aesthetics and wildlife viewing, and potential removal of the flycatcher as an endangered species. See the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher Fact Sheet (PDF, 350 KB).

Eligible Practices and Payment Schedules

A complete list of eligible conservation practices and corresponding payments are listed below.

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Payment Schedules

WHIP (PDF, 364kb) WHIP HU (PDF, 366kb)
WHIP WLFW (PDF, 364kb) WHIP WLFW HU (PDF, 366kb)

Application Screening and Ranking

A complete list of eligible conservation practices and corresponding payments are listed below.

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Southwestern Willow Flycatcher SWFL-WLFW_Screening
(PDF, 25kb)
(PDF, 141kb)


For More Information

Working Lands For Wildlife Website

How to Apply

Interested participants seeking assistance should apply today.

For Southwestern willow flycatcher, contact the following offices:

Cedar City Office
Phone: 435-586-2429

Monticello Office
Phone: 435-587-2481

Panguitch Office
Phone: 435-676-8021



Blake Walbeck
Phone: (435) 896-8965 Ext. 136
Email: Blake Walbeck

Casey Burns, State Biologist
Phone: (801) 524-4566
Email: Casey Burns


Archived WLFW Information