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Fish & Wildlife

Conservation improvements are a win-win for agricultural producers and wildlife

America's working lands not only produce much of our food and fiber but also provide the open space and habitat wildlife need to survive and thrive. With help from NRCS, producers have conserved millions of acres of wildlife habitat, from the sagebrush and grasslands of the West to forests in the East.

We offer free technical assistance to help producers plan and implement a variety of conservation practices that benefit both game and non-game wildlife species and agricultural operations. Our team of conservation experts work side-by-side with you to develop a conservation plan customized for your operation, which provides a roadmap for using a system of conservation practices to meet natural resource and production goals. 

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The Farm Bill is the largest source of federal funding for private lands conservation. NRCS administers a number of Farm Bill programs, which benefit wildlife and provide ample opportunities for producers to voluntarily make wildlife-friendly improvements to protect and restore habitat on their working lands.

We can provide funding through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, Conservation Stewardship Program and Agricultural Conservation Easement Program to help cover some of the cost producers incur for adopting a system of conservation practices that improve the health of ecosystems. The activities benefit fish and wildlife while also boosting the land’s resiliency and productivity.

Additionally, NRCS uses targeted landscape-level initiatives to accelerate conservation work where it can net the biggest impacts. The Working Lands for Wildlife partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service targets conservation for seven target species. Virginia is focusing on protecting and restoring habitat for one of these nationally-identifies species (Golden-winged Warbler) and two other declining species that can benefit from conservation on private lands: American Black Duck and Northern Bobwhite Quail.

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