Did you know?

Nearly 3 billion birds have been lost in North America since 1970. Roughly 25% of those were grassland birds.

Private Lands Grassland Initiatives

There are many unique technical and financial programs available for landowners, although program details often change. We encourage producers to work with members of our Conservation Delivery Network to develop a personalized project that best leverages current program resources. Below, we list some of the most relevant efforts of our partners. 

Montana Big Game Habitat Improvement Project RCPP
Lead Partner: Pheasants Forever
This project addresses threats to big game migration corridors and winter ranges through outreach, technical assistance, and producer contracts. Partners work with producers to improve grazing operations, restore grassland habitats, and retain intact rangelands, with additional benefits to plant productivity and health, and grassland resiliency.
North Dakota Meadowlark Initiative RCPP
Lead Partner: North Dakota Game and Fish Department
The Meadowlark Initiative focuses on improving, increasing, and connecting wildlife habitat, as well as supporting the sustainability of new and existing livestock ranches by offering incentives and programs to promote holistic grazing with grass-based livestock operations.
Building Ranch Resiliency in SD and NE RCPP
Lead Partner: World Wildlife Fund
By 2024, this partnership will increase rangeland resiliency on 40 South Dakota and Nebraska ranches by contributing expertise on grazing management, wildlife habitat improvement, and water development to improve range condition. A subset of the participating producers will be enrolled, on a voluntary basis, in WWF's Ranch Systems Viability Planning project through which ranchers gain expertise in financial strategies, marketing, diversification, and estate planning.
South Dakota Habitat Pays
South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks

Habitat Pays helps landowners develop and fund wildlife habitat where it makes the most sense.
Working Grasslands Initiative
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Conserving Montana’s working grasslands is a 5-year special initiative designed to help retain and enhance native grasslands by targeting and leveraging voluntary, incentive-based assistance programs for private landowners as well as the research needed to identify the needs of species of concern
Sustainable Ranching Initiative
World Wildlife Fund
The Sustainable Ranching Initiative, started in 2011, works with landowners, corporations, industry-groups, NGOs, and government agencies to: protect lands from grassland conversion, improve management on working lands, and restore cropland or degraded lands back to native grassland.
Conservation Ranching Initiative
This market-based conservation approach offers incentives for good grassland stewardship through a certification label on beef products.