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Wildlife Conservation Strategies

Through Working Lands for Wildlife, NRCS strategically invests where the conservation returns are highest. NRCS uses conservation strategies to guide conservation efforts for its target species.

Golden-winged Warbler: FY17-21 Conservation Strategy

Golden-winged warblers rely on young forest and shrublands for breeding habitat. Photo by Laura Erickson.

This five-year conservation strategy targets sustainable forestry efforts to help the at-risk migratory songbird. The strategy focuses on forestry practices that result in young forests, which the golden-winged warbler needs for nesting habitat. Photo by Laura Erickson.

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Gopher Tortoise: FY17-18 Implementation Strategy

GopherTortoiseThis two-year implementation strategy plans for more than 200,000 acres of habitat restoration, enhancement and protection of the keystone species of the longleaf pine landscape. The strategy focuses on prescribed fire, vegetation management, longleaf establishment, prescribed grazing and habitat protection.

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New England Cottontail: FY16-18 Conservation Strategy ‚ÄčNew England Cottontail image

This three-year conservation strategy plans for more than 1,700 acres of habitat restoration and enhancement for the New England’s only native rabbit. The strategy focuses on restoring and re-establishing early successional habitat.

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Lesser Prairie-Chicken: FY16-18 Conservation Strategy

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This three-year conservation strategy of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative plans for more than 500,000 acres of habitat restoration, enhancement and protection for the iconic species of the southern Great Plains. The strategy focuses on prescribed grazing, removal of invasive conifers and mesquite, grassland retention and prescribed fire.

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Greater Sage-Grouse: FY15-18 Investment Strategy

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This four-year investment strategy of the Sage Grouse Initiative plans for more than 3.6 million acres of habitat restoration, enhancement and protection for the iconic species of sagebrush country. The strategy focuses on prescribed grazing, removal of encroaching conifers, protection of mesic areas, protection of key habitat from cultivation and development, and marking fences.

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