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Hoppy Ending: Couple Helps Write a New Chapter for the New England Cottontail

Our agency announced today that an unprecedented public-private conservation partnership has kept the New England cottontail off the endangered species list. Private landowners Rick and Donna Ambrose hosted the announcement event on their property in Dover, NH, a fitting location given the Ambrose’s role in the New England cottontail conservation effort. 1,014 more words

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Iowa's Soil and Water Conservation Districts - Good conference, good people

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, we headed down to Prairie Meadows in Altoona for the 2015 Iowa Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioners 69th Annual Conference. 403 more words

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Sage Grouse Initiative 2.0, Investment Strategy, FY2015-2018

SGI 2.0 will build on successful public and private conservation efforts made since 2010 to improve sage grouse habitat.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new four-year strategy that will invest approximately $211 million through 2018 in conservation efforts to benefit the greater sage-grouse. 56 more words


USDA, Montana enter public-private agreement to enhance Montana’s sage grouse conservation efforts


Kaveh Sadeghzadeh

HELENA, Mont., July 20, 2015 –A new agreement signed today by local, state and federal leaders will streamline and coordinate sage grouse conservation efforts on private lands in Montana.  466 more words

$17.5 million for wetland restoration partnerships

On Monday, June 22, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of $17.5 million for wetland restoration partnerships with state and local governments, Indian tribes, and non-profit organizations in fiscal year 2015. 562 more words


Using Farm Bill programs for pollinator conservation

The updated version of Using Farm Bill Programs for Pollinator Conservation has just been released. 

Authored by multiple staff at both the Xerces Society and NRCS these guidelines provide a concise summary of how Farm Bill conservation programs, such as the Environmental Quality Incentive Program or the Conservation Reserve Program, can be used to restore or enhance habitat for pollinators on working farms and private lands. 9 more words