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Restoring Native Plant and Pollinator Habitats in Tennessee

Restoring Native Plant and Pollinator Habitats in Tennessee

In early spring of 2020, the Rogers family decided to change the use of their land in Morrison, Tennessee, to something less intensive and increase its recreational uses while maintaining some income from the land.

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Conservation Partnership Hits its Stride, Managing Kentucky Horse Farms for Improved Natural Resources

The University of Kentucky Forage Extension Program partnered with NRCS through a Regional Conservation Partnership Program project to help manage horse farms for improved grazing efficiencies, reduced soil degradation and protected natural resources on more than 17,000 acres of land in Kentucky.


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Vermont Landowners Create Oasis for Birds with Forest Management

Annette and Jeff Goyne live in Richford, Vermont, surrounded by the beauty and tranquility of 54 acres nestled in the foothills of the Horseshoe Range. They have worked hard to cultivate a birder’s retreat and wildlife haven from what once was a 200-acre dairy and sugar bush.

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Managing Manure for Improved Water Quality and Trout Habitat in Minnesota

With alfalfa in the crop rotation and pastureland in the mix, Stacy Miller’s 350-acre dairy farm near Plainview, Minnesota already played a role in filtering runoff flowing toward the Mississippi River.

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Securing Private Working Forests to Benefit Longleaf Pine, Threatened and Endangered Species, and Military Readiness

Through a Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) project, the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities led a broad partnership effort to permanently protect nearly 16,000 acres of existing and to-be-restored longleaf pine forests in Georgia and Florida.

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Minnesota Feedlot Upgrades Aids Rivers

Dodge County, Minnesota brothers Ben and Jay Currier improved their dairy farm’s efficiency, optimized the fertilizer it produces and played a role in protecting the Mississippi River when they installed a new manure pit last fall.

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Restoring Jellison Meadow Brook in Maine

RCPP partners work together to restore high-value aquatic networks, like Jellison Meadow Brook, from habitat fragmentation.

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Maintaining Healthy Streams and Forests

The Hoonah Native Forest Partnership is an alliance of landowners, organizations and stakeholders advocating for the Hoonah area in Alaska. It works to assess resource conditions and identify projects intended to improve fish and wildlife habitat, ensure long-term timber production, and support sustainable watershed management.

Stream Habitat Restoration

Stream Habitat Conservation

Mary Stanek owns a 240‐acre farm upstream from the confluence of the Blue River and Sixmile Branch in Grant County, Wisconsin. Over twenty miles of stream habitat work has been completed, providing a bounty of recreational opportunities for the local residents and the out‐of‐state tourists that frequent the area.

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Grass Highways for Elk

Elk-friendly fencing on ranchland helps the elk and ranchers.

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Conserving Open Space

The Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT) along with 17 partner organizations is purchasing conservation easements from willing landowners to protect water quality, prime farmland and reduce urban sprawl.

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Improving Forest Wildlife Habitat

A landowner in North Arkansas is working with NRCS to improve wildlife habitat on his property through RCPP.

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Creating Conservation Easements

RCPP helped catalyze a new wave of conservation easements in Sierra Valley that are conserving the ecological and agricultural integrity of the landscape and serving as an important source of working capital for ranch families.

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Conserving Habitat for the Golden-Winged Warbler

Management of tag alder in Marinette County, Wisconsin has meant the return of the near-threatened Golden-winged warbler.

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Curbing Runoff in the Shatto Ditch Watershed

In northern Indiana, partners are demonstrating the effectiveness of using two conservation practices to reduce nutrient loss from agricultural fields.

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Clearing Things Up for Cedar Rapids

The Middle Cedar Partnership Project is improving the quality of drinking water in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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Healthy Soil, Clean Water

The Milwaukee River Watershed Conservation Partnership is bringing together a coalition of partners to mitigate flooding, improve water quality, and implement soil health management systems.

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Protecting Water and Wildlife

The Marquis Organic Dairy is protecting water quality and wildlife habitat on 246 acres in Newport, Vermont.

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Operation Spadefoot

The University of Rhode Island is working to improve water quality and wildlife habitat in Rhode Island through expanded adoption of conservation practices near riparian areas.

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Improving Forest Habitat in Michigan

The Little Traverse Conservancy is demonstrating how harvesting trees can benefit wildlife, the local economy and efforts to protect additional lands in Michigan.

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The Business Case for Conservation

The Illinois Corn Growers Association’s Precision Conservation Management project uses partner-funded economic consultants to complement conservation activities, aiming to expand the use and effectiveness of NRCS programs.

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Where the Blackbirds Sing

The California Audubon Society worked with agricultural producers to keep California blackbird colonies from going extinct.

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