January 01, 2015

Working Lands for Wildlife: Targeted Landscape-Scale Wildlife Habitat Conservation

Michael Martinez

Family farmers and ranchers are often described as the original conservationists. Nearly two-thirds of all species federally listed as threatened or endangered exist on private lands. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides technical and financial assistance to farmers and ranchers who conserve natural resources on private agricultural lands. In collaboration with these private property owners, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) proactively protects and manages imperiled species habitat at a range-wide, ecosystem scale while supporting the long-term viability of nonpublic grazing and agricultural lands in compliance with applicable federal requirements.

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