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We provide scientific reports, project profiles, technical tools, videos, photos, field guides, and links that tell the story of how cooperative conservation is making a difference for working lands and wildlife across the West.

Making Home on the Range Safer for Big Game
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Making Home on the Range Safer for Big Game

NRCS Technical Note Leverages Lessons Learned from NRCS-Wyoming Migratory Big Game ...
NRCS and Partners Work Together to Help Families Keep Their Land Green-Side Up
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NRCS and Partners Work Together to Help Families Keep Their Land Green-Side Up

Conservation easements are one of the best tools to keep working lands in working hands. Learn about how partners, like land trusts, work with the NRCS to craft successful ...
USDA Announces Historic Investment in Wildlife Conservation, Expands Partnership to Include Additional Programs
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USDA Announces Historic Investment in Wildlife Conservation, Expands Partnership to Include Additional Programs

USDA commits $500 million from Farm Bill, expanding Working Lands conservation to benefit wildlife, support agriculture, and rural ...
Dr. Dirac Twidwell: Saving the Last Grasslands
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Dr. Dirac Twidwell: Saving the Last Grasslands

WLFW science advisor Dr. Dirac Twidwell discusses how the NRCS and partners are working to save the last grasslands in the U.S. and how new science and technology is informing ...
Ask an Expert | Keeping it Grass: How the NRCS Helps Landowners Maintain Grasslands When CRP Contracts Expire
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Ask an Expert | Keeping it Grass: How the NRCS Helps Landowners Maintain Grasslands When CRP Contracts Expire

Join Andy Burr, NRCS-Kansas state biologist, to learn how the NRCS can help landowners turn expired CRP lands into grazing lands that maintain wildlife habitat and provide ...
Washington Ranch Preserves Sagebrush Rangeland in Perpetuity
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Washington Ranch Preserves Sagebrush Rangeland in Perpetuity

New conservation easement in Washington state preserves more than 2,000 acres of native sagebrush range in critical sage grouse habitat, adding to a 6,800-acre easement the ...
The Value of Keeping it in Grass
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The Value of Keeping it in Grass

The Burke Family's long partnership with NRCS has led to better forage for livestock and wildlife and, in 2017, their ranch was protected in perpetuity through a ...
Great Plains Grasslands Framework in Focus: Wildlife Conservation Through Sustainable Ranching
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Great Plains Grasslands Framework in Focus: Wildlife Conservation Through Sustainable Ranching

Dig into the Framework for Conservation Action in the Great Plains Grasslands ...
Press Release: USDA-NRCS Announces Funding of the KS Great Plains Grasslands Initiative
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Press Release: USDA-NRCS Announces Funding of the KS Great Plains Grasslands Initiative

Kansas producers have new funding opportunities to help address woody plant encroachment on targeted rangelands through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural ...
Shared Capacity, Shared Success
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Shared Capacity, Shared Success

Learn about the Strategic Action Watershed Team and how these partner-positions are adding significant capacity to NRCS offices across the ...
Ask an Expert | Curtis Elke, Idaho-NRCS State Conservationist, Talks Cheatgrass and More
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Ask an Expert | Curtis Elke, Idaho-NRCS State Conservationist, Talks Cheatgrass and More

The Cheatgrass Challenge is a new, proactive strategy outlining Idaho NRCS’s plans to tackle invasive annual grasses. Read on for ...
Ask an Expert | Mitch Faulkner, 2020 Rangeland Management Specialist of the Year, Talks Partnerships and More
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Ask an Expert | Mitch Faulkner, 2020 Rangeland Management Specialist of the Year, Talks Partnerships and More

Mitch Faulkner, 2020 NRCS Rangeland Management Specialist of the Year, talks about the partnerships that have advanced rangeland conservation across boundaries in South ...
Transforming Rangeland In Kansas’ Gyp Hills
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Transforming Rangeland In Kansas’ Gyp Hills

Working together with conservation partners, a landowner and livestock producer restore prairie grazing lands in the southern Great ...
Birds of a Feather on Working Lands
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Birds of a Feather on Working Lands

Read about how Working Lands for Wildlife is benefiting the golden-winged warbler and the greater sage grouse, two bird species that have more in common than ...
Sustainable Ranching in Utah: A Boon For Wildlife And Livestock
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Sustainable Ranching in Utah: A Boon For Wildlife And Livestock

Sustainable Ranching in Utah: A Boon for Wildlife and Livestock | Read how Stephen and Kris Ellis keep their family tradition alive and strong on the Circle Bar ...
Conversation with Rangeland Management Specialist of the Year, Rebecca Knapp
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Conversation with Rangeland Management Specialist of the Year, Rebecca Knapp

In February, the Society for Rangeland Management awarded Rebecca Knapp its highest honor, Rangeland Management Specialist of the Year. We sat down with Knapp to discuss her ...
Running The Ranch
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Running The Ranch

By Tim Griffiths | Pickup trucks, working dogs, cowboy hats, and running shoes. These were the diverse sights this past Saturday at the Montana Ranch ...
Wildfire and Weeds: 5 Things Ranchers Should Know
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Wildfire and Weeds: 5 Things Ranchers Should Know

Here is what you should know about invasive weeds--which lead to wildfires out West--and how to combat ...
Study Shows It Pays To Treat Invasive Grass On Your Ranch
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Study Shows It Pays To Treat Invasive Grass On Your Ranch

An economics study from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Oregon shows that the earlier ranchers treat cheatgrass, the greater their financial ...
The Conservation Gift That Benefits Us For Countless Years to Come
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The Conservation Gift That Benefits Us For Countless Years to Come

by Brianna Randall | Conserving our natural resources is one of the ways we can give back to our children, communities, and economy for years to come. And the gift that keeps ...
Seeing the Prairie From a Coyote’s Eye View
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Seeing the Prairie From a Coyote’s Eye View

FIELD REPORT; What does the prairie look like from a coyote's eye view, and why does that matter to lesser prairie-chickens? LPCI range conservationist Marina Osier, based in ...
Bats, Butterflies, Bobwhites and More! New Videos About Working Lands For Wildlife
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Bats, Butterflies, Bobwhites and More! New Videos About Working Lands For Wildlife

Learn how NRCS has been scaling up the cooperative, science-based conservation model that's working for sagebrush wildlife to focal landscapes across ...
New NRCS Resource Aims to Reduce Wildfire Impacts in Sage Grouse Country
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New NRCS Resource Aims to Reduce Wildfire Impacts in Sage Grouse Country

A new resource released by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will help private and public land managers work collaboratively to get ahead of the curve and ...
Bi-Partisan Commentary | Voluntary Conservation Works Across Party Lines
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Bi-Partisan Commentary | Voluntary Conservation Works Across Party Lines

A new bi-partisan commentary came out yesterday in Roll Call by Bruce Knight and Dave White, both former chiefs for the Natural Resources Conservation Service. These two ...
New Sage Grouse Strategy Unveiled: $760 Million Invested by 2018
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New Sage Grouse Strategy Unveiled: $760 Million Invested by 2018

The Sage Grouse Initiative has enrolled 1,129 ranchers to conserve 4.4 million acres. We plan to double those numbers by 2018 with a new investment strategy that invests ...
Success on the Range | New Montana Partnership Highlights Benefit of Cooperative Conservation
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Success on the Range | New Montana Partnership Highlights Benefit of Cooperative Conservation

The NRCS-led Sage Grouse Initiative is pioneering a conservation approach that invites cooperation over conflict across the West. This recipe for success is transferable ...
SGI “Outcomes in Conservation” Report Demonstrates Positive Impact of $300 Million Investment in West
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SGI “Outcomes in Conservation” Report Demonstrates Positive Impact of $300 Million Investment in West

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) today issued a report showing that since 2010 USDA and its partners in the Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI) have worked with ...
Webinar on Sage Grouse Conservation from 2010-2015
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Webinar on Sage Grouse Conservation from 2010-2015

This webinar from NRCS Chief Jason Weller shows maps and metrics detailing the remarkable conservation success story of the Sage Grouse Initiative to ...
USDA Sage-Grouse Conservation Efforts to Continue and Grow
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USDA Sage-Grouse Conservation Efforts to Continue and Grow

The NRCS Chief explains how the Sage Grouse Initiative has become a model for voluntary, incentive-based conservation at its best over the past 5 ...