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FY 2012 Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW)

Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW)

Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW)

Sage-Grouse and Southwestern Willow Flycatcher Conservation Funding is now Available Private Landowners can sign up today for Working Lands for Wildlife

Application cutoff date is April 30, 2012

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.

As part of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) Initiative, the administration is partnering with federal, state and local wildlife experts to jointly identify at-risk species that would benefit from targeted investments of habitat restoration on private lands. Working Lands for Wildlife is a new partnership between NRCS and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to use agency technical expertise combined with financial assistance from the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) to strategically focus conservation towards at-risk wildlife species whose decline can be reversed with the help of private 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.

In fiscal year 2012, $33 million in WHIP will be highly targeted to benefit seven species around the country including: sage-grouse, New England cottontail, bog turtle, golden-winged warbler, gopher tortoise, lesser prairie-chicken, and Southwestern willow flycatcher.

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In Utah, Working Lands for Wildlife will enhance on-going conservation efforts for two 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).
  2. The greater and Gunnison sage-grouse are both Candidates for Federal listing. These species occur in sagebrush and adjacent plant communities across Utah. Through the life of each species, they require multiple different types of habitat and large connected patches of rangeland habitat. By working together, private landowners in Utah can assist in the ongoing west-wide effort to recover and stabilize the populations of these species. NRCS would like to work with private landowners to plan and implement conservation plans that include increasing the amount of grasses and wildflowers in sagebrush, restoring wetlands and streamside vegetation, marking fences to prevent collisions, installing escape ramps in troughs, and adjusting grazing practices to maximize forage and cover for livestock, game, and grouse.  See Greater Sage-Grouse Fact Sheet (PDF, 417 KB)

How to Apply

Interested participants seeking assistance should apply today.

For sage-grouse, contact any NRCS office.

For southwestern willow flycatcher, contact the following offices:

Cedar City............................ 435-586-2429
Panguitch............................. 435-676-8021
Monticello........................... 435-587-2481


Chet Fitzgerald, Resource Conservationist
Phone: (801) 710-1853 cell

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


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