Strategically targeting agricultural conservation practices toward specific wildlife habitat and population objectives produces substantial benefits for focal species. These benefits are achievable with minimal or positive effects on agricultural production and profitability, according to a new study.
The Farm Bill is the largest source of federal funding for private lands conservation. As a result, it provides tremendous opportunities for the conservation of habitat for fish and wildlife species. If you’re confused about how the Farm Bill conservation programs work, here’s an excellent guide from the North American Bird Conservation Initiative with the financial support of: the Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture; the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies; the Intermountain West Joint Venture; Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever; Point Blue Conservation Science; Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory; and The Nature Conservancy.
While Oklahoma remains one of the strongest holdouts of bobwhite quail populations and habitat, wildlife professionals are proactively undertaking extensive efforts to understand and address the downward trend in quail populations. In the meantime, there is much that we do understand and that we can do today to positively benefit quail, particularly on our state’s private lands. It starts with ensuring that each of us does our part. This guide is going to cover several topics designed to help landowners make a real difference for quail on their property.
Oklahoma has long been home to some of the best quail hunting and quail habitat in the nation. But the species is currently in a state of decline across its range. While Oklahoma remains one of the strongest holdouts of bobwhite quail populations and habitat, wildlife professionals are proactively launching an extensive effort to understand and address what could be a number of contributors to the downward trend in quail populations.
The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) has been continually evolving throughout its successful 25-year history. The voluntary conservation program began with a primary purpose of erosion prevention, but has expanded to embrace not only water and air quality, but also wildlife habitat for priority species. Today, one of the ways the United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is benefitting priority wildlife is by targeting acres under the Conservation Reserve Program’s various wildlife initiatives; including the State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) initiative, the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP), and several other practices available for continuous signup.