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New Guide Helps Organizations Implement Farm Bill Conservation ProgramsThe North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) released the 2014 Farm Bill Field Guide to Fish and Wildlife Conservation earlier this year. This field guide is a tool to assist the staff of federal and state fish and wildlife agencies, nongovernmental conservation organizations, joint ventures, and other conservation partners in implementing Farm Bill conservation programs. It is primarily designed for those who work collaboratively with private landowners and agricultural producers to improve soil health, water quality, as well as fish and wildlife habitat.
The Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture (AMJV) helped prepare this guide due to the importance of private lands to wildlife populations in the East. The AMJV is heavily invested in working with NRCS to put more “boots on the ground” to provide technical assistance in Farm Bill conservation program implementation, typically in the form of cost- shared partner biologists and foresters. Conservation specialists working cooperatively with NRCS and private landowners have expressed the need to better understand how Farm Bill programs can be most effectively applied to fish and wildlife habitat conservation within the context of broader natural resource conservation.
NABCI’s Private and Working Lands Subcommittee, which is co-chaired by Todd Fearer, Coordinator for the AMJV, worked with a diverse coalition of habitat conservation organizations to prepare and publish this guide, including: Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Intermountain West Joint Venture, The Nature Conservancy, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, Point Blue Conservation Science, and Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. Access the guide: http://amjv.org/index.php/2014farmbillfieldguide