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Grassland, Pasture, and Prairie Habitat opportunities – improving open habitat for grassland birds and pollinators
Do you (or someone you know) have grassland, prairie, active or idle pasture on your property? Would you like to improve the quality of these grasslands through prescribed fire, brush management, and/or inter-seeding with pollinator plants? Thanks to the USFWS Partners for Wildlife Program and Pheasant Stamp Funds, we may be able to offer you technical and financial assistance. Application for Round 1 due NOVEMBER 1, 2019. Details of the program and application HERE.
Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program https://www.fws.gov/midwest/partners/ is a leader in voluntary, community-based stewardship for fish and wildlife conservation, working with private landowners to improve fish and wildlife habitat on their lands. Make a phone call or email and connect with a local biologist who will listen to your goals and explain our priorities. After an initial site visit, we will work with you to develop a project plan. A landowner agreement between you and the biologist will specify the work to be done, financial contributions and restoration timeline. Any privately-owned land is potentially eligible for restoration, including working farms and recreation lands. Most participants are individual private landowners. Contact Mike Engel at 608-221-1206 ext. 6, email@example.com.
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up will be available sometime this late fall/early winter. For more information, your local county conservation office or county FSA office will be of assistance.
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and other federal programs - your local NRCS or county extension office
Financial assistance is available for the purchase of native plant seed for a pollinator habitat project through the Bee and Butterfly Habitat Fund - Jennifer Thieme, or 651-222-7631 x706
Saving Savanna, Protecting Prairie
Do you have an area on your farm that has never been plowed, hosts a collection of flowers unique to it, and/or short grasses that turn a rusty orange in the fall? Or, do you have a stand of old open grown oak trees out in a field? If so, we’d like to visit that place with you.
Prairies and savannas are beautiful, special natural areas that are disappearing quickly across the Midwest. Prairies are home to plants and animals that are beneficial to the land, crops, and people. Savannas are characterized by open grown spreading oak trees, many of which have been aged to be 300+ years old.
Residents of Lafayette, Iowa, Grant, southwestern Dane, and Green Counties: we are offering a free site visit with a biologist to landowners with prairie and savanna remnants. Together, we will visit and explore the prairie and/or savanna on your property. Learn more about the natural values, age of the trees, options for use/management, and conservation programs that can help you meet your land management goals.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.