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America’s farmers, ranchers and forest landowners are continuing to show how wildlife and working lands can prosper together. Meet some of the producers managing for top-notch wildlife habitat on their working lands:

Mike Fenn, Pinedale, Wyoming

Mike Fenn image for homepageSeptember 26, 2017 - In western Wyoming ranchers like Mike Fenn are voluntarily stepping up to protect and restore the country that supports their way of life. Working with the Sage Grouse Initiative, he has implemented new practices, like resting his pastures, protecting wetlands and limiting development on his land, and is improving forage for cattle and wildlife.

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John Hoover, Centre County, Pennsylvania

John Hoover imageJuly 20, 2017 – John Hoover says walking through his Pennsylvania forest is like walking through rooms of a house. "Each room is different and has its own use," he says, referring to the different age classes of tree stands on his property. Some are old. Some are young. Over the years, John has learned a diverse forest can yield better timber while benefiting wildlife.

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Greg Peterson, Gunnison, Colorado

PetersonRanch-LizWith-SagebrushRestorationProject.jpgJuly 13, 2017 – The lush green flats on his ranch offer plenty of quality forage for his cow/calf pairs as well as the elk and Gunnison sage-grouse that frequent his property. The health of these flourishing Rocky Mountain rangelands is due to nearly 20 years of sagebrush restoration, water projects and sustainable grazing practices.

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Rolling Ridge Community, Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia

Rolling Ridge is a learning ground for kids and adults to connect with nature via community programs and naturalist classes. Photo courtesy of Linda DeGraf.Rolling Ridge is many things. A spiritual sanctuary. A haven for hikers, mountain bikers, birdwatchers and campers. A learning ground for kids and adults to connect with nature via community programs and naturalist classes. And a residence for the five families that call the 1,400-acre property just south of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia home.

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John Gavitt, Hampshire County, West Virginia

West Virginia landowner John Gavitt is using a variety of conservation practices to improve his land for wildlife, including the declining cerulean warbler. Photo courtesy of John Gavitt.John Gavitt is managing 430 acres of hilly property in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains to be an oasis for wildlife.

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Natalie and Donald Love, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

Natalie and Donald Love are working to improve the healthy, structurally diverse forests that provide many benefits for wildlife by managing their Pennsylvania land with sustainable forestry practices.Natalie and Donald Love are working to improve the healthy, structurally diverse forests that provide many benefits for wildlife by managing their Pennsylvania land with sustainable forestry practices. Their work benefits the golden-winged warbler and many other species.

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