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Webinar Set to Introduce Conservation Frameworks on America’s Working Rangelands

Russell Castro

Temple, Texas, April 6, 2021 — The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is unveiling new action-based frameworks to increase conservation work to address threats facing America’s working rangelands. These frameworks are designed to benefit both agriculture and wildlife in sagebrush and grassland landscapes of the western United States.

NRCS partnered with state-level organizations from across the West to develop the new frameworks to combat the most severe and large-scale threats:  woody encroachment, land-use conversion, exotic annual grass invasion and riparian and wet meadow degradation. More than one million acres of Western rangelands are lost annually to invading non-native grasses, plows, or land development. The frameworks will help guide voluntary conservation work over the next five years and will contribute to USDA’s efforts to make the nation a leader on climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resilience.

More Information on the Frameworks

NRCS will share additional information on the new frameworks during a Thursday, April 8 webinar at 12:00 p.m. EDT. The webinar is open to the public. For webinar information or to learn more about the frameworks, visit