Mississippi NRCS working lands for wildlife

Mississippi NRCS working lands for wildlife

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the United States Department of Agriculture and Natural Recourse Conservation Service

The United States Department of Agriculture/Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for the Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) Initiative. WLFW is a partnership between the NRCS, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and private landowners. Application deadline is April 17, 2015.

This financial assistance program assists farmers, ranchers and forest managers with assistance in restoring populations of declining wildlife species that fall into the Endangered Species Act (ESA). NRCS and FWS experts provide technical and financial assistance to landowners who voluntarily choose to implement specific conservation practices for endangered species while continuing to manage the property as working lands. These conservation practices and measures were developed to benefit species within the ESA. It also strengthens rural economies by protecting the productivity of working lands.

The seven species included in the WLFW nationally are the Bog Turtle, Golden-Winged Warbler, Gopher Tortoise, Greater Sage-Grouse, Lesser Prairie-Chicken, New England Cottontail and Southwestern Willow Flycatcher. The Gopher Tortoise is the only species in Mississippi.

Interested landowners should contact their local NRCS service center to determine if your land is a suitable habitat to benefit the species. This initiative is funded through Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). For more information about EQIP or other technical or financial assistance programs offered by NRCS, please contact your local service center: http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?agency=nrcs .

To locate an office, please go to http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app. For more information, visit our website at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/ms/home/.