Targeted financial assistance for voluntary working lands practices that support ranching operations and maintain habitat for declining grassland birds. Available within NGPJV boundaries.
Protects agricultural viability and related conservation values by limiting non-agricultural uses that negatively affect agricultural uses and conservation values, protect grazing uses by restoring or conserving eligible grazing land, and protecting, restoring, and enhancing wetlands on eligible land. This includes Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) and Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE).
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 grassland resiliency.
The diverse partnership will contribute expertise on grazing management, wildlife habitat improvement, and water development to improve range conditions. A subset of the participating producers will be enrolled, on a voluntary basis, in World Wildlife Fund’s Ranch Systems Viability Planning project through which ranchers gain expertise in financial strategies, marketing, diversification, and estate planning.
Awards grants to protect, restore, and enhance grassland, sagebrush, and wetland habitats and accelerate innovations for understanding bird conservation needs across their ranges. Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, Federal and state agencies, local and municipal governments, Tribal agencies, and education institutions.
The Conservation Forage Program aims to improve wildlife habitat, forage availability and quality, and soil health by establishing grassland and integrating grazing and haying land management techniques on private lands.
Competitive program that supports the development of new tools, approaches, practices, and technologies to further natural resource conservation on private land.
This initiative works with private landowners to enhance ecological, economic, and social outcomes with ranch management practices. Performance-based payments will be provided to participating ranches for practices and program activities including installation of prescribed grazing infrastructure, third-party certification audits, and soil monitoring.
In exchange for a yearly rental payment, program participants agree to remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production and plant species that will improve environmental health and quality. Enrollment options include General CRP, Grassland CRP, and Continuous CRP.
Offers additional opportunities to expand on existing conservation efforts by offering conservation practices, enhancements, bundles, and other conservation activities.
SAFE allows producers to establish native grasses, forbs and shrubs through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) that benefit high priority State wildlife conservation objectives. The practices must be used to address wildlife habitat that can be enhanced through the restoration of eligible cropland through CRP. Priority projects include Declining Grassland Birds, Pheasant Winter Cover, and Sagebrush-Grassland CRP SAFE.
Provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers and non-industrial forest managers to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits.
Participating ranchers will enroll in World Wildlife Fund’s Ranch Systems and Viability Planning Network (which already has under 420,000 acres enrolled in the Northern Great Plains), which creates a support system for ranchers interested in making ecological improvements and enhancing the financial sustainability of their operations.
A one-stop-shop for programs and practices available through various conservation partners to help establish and manage diverse native perennial grasses, install grazing infrastructure, and develop working grasslands for sustainable livestock grazing
Voluntary incentive-based agreement between MTFWP and private landowners. Landowners commit to specific land management practices to protect wildlife and receive a one-time per-acre fee for a 30–40-year lease.
Protect, conserve, enhance and create wetland habitat to benefit wildlife, especially migratory birds. Cost-share opportunities through partners for projects meeting program goals.
This program seeks to restore and enhance breeding habitat for declining songbirds including Sprague’s Pipit, Chestnut-collared Longspur, Baird’s Sparrow, and Thick-billed Longspur. The program targets producers with plowed lands who want to restore grass forage for grazing operations.
Grants program that promotes the conservation of neotropical migratory birds. Grants help partners to protect, research, monitor, and manage bird populations and habitats throughout birds’ entire migratory life cycle. The IMPACT Program focuses a portion of NMBCA funding to support proposals contributing to the conservation of select species, including Sprague’s Pipit, Chestnut-collared Longspur, Baird’s Sparrow, and Thick-billed Longspur.
Competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects that involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds. The Small Grants Program application is simpler than the Standard Grants application; grant requests may not exceed $100,000.
Competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects that involve long-term protection. restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds.
This project focuses on preserving intact grassland habitats and enhancing degraded habitats, particularly in areas that support declining grassland birds, waterfowl, and upland game birds. It will also restore marginal cropland and unproductive monocultures to higher quality forage and develop grazing infrastructure on grasslands recently restored or at risk of conversion.
Awards grants to maintain or improve interconnected, native grasslands in focal areas to sustain healthy populations of grassland-obligate species while fostering sustainable livelihoods and preserving cultural identities. Focal areas include the Dakota Grasslands, Missouri-Milk River Grasslands, and Powder River-Thunder Basin Grasslands. Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, Federal and state agencies, local and municipal governments, Tribal agencies, and education institutions.
Supports ranches through technical assistance, ongoing monitoring, and cost-share opportunities. Goal to increase rangeland health and prevent conversion to cropland
Promotes coordination of NRCS activities with partners that offer value-added contributions to expand the ability to address on-farm, watershed, and regional natural resource concerns.
Variety of programs offering assistance for landowners to create or manage habitat on private land to enhance reproduction, recruitment, and survival of wildlife.
Target conservation efforts to improve agriculture and forest productivity and enhance wildlife habitat on working lands. Voluntary adoption of conservation practices that benefit both wildlife and agriculture.