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FY 2013 Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW)

Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW)





Black-Footed Ferret, Southwestern Willow Flycatcher and Sage-Grouse Conservation - Private Landowners can sign up today for Working Lands for Wildlife

Application cutoff date is May 17, 2013

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 and management 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 2013, 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).
  2. The greater and Gunnison sage-grouse are both Candidate for Federal listing. These species occur in sagebrush and adjacent plant communities across Utah. Through the life of these 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 this 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)
  3. The black-footed ferret is Federally listed as endangered.  Black-footed ferrets are native to the shortgrass and mixed grass prairie. They were once found in 12 states in the U.S. as well as southern Canada and northern Mexico. Today, less than two percent of their original geographic distribution remains. Prairie dogs make up over 90 percent of the black-footed ferret’s diet. NRCS would like to work with private landowners in Eastern Utah with healthy prairie dog populations to restore and manage habitat for potential ferret reintroduction.


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, 381 KB)
                               WHIP_HUS (PDF, 381 KB)

Application Screening and Ranking

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

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Black-Footed Ferret Coming Soon (Screening) Coming Soon (Ranking)
Southwestern Willow Flycatcher Coming Soon (Screening) Coming Soon (Ranking)


For More Information

Working Lands For Wildlife Website

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 Office
Phone: 435-586-2429

Monticello Office
Phone: 435-587-2481

Panguitch Office
Phone: 435-676-8021


Chet Fitzgerald, Area Programs Specialist
Phone: (801) 629-0580 Ext. 112

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


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