USDA Expands Working Lands for Wildlife Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it will expand its wildlife conservation efforts by investing at least $500 million over the next five years through its Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) program. This commitment “will ramp up the conservation assistance for farmers, ranchers, private forest owners and tribes with a focus on working lands in key geographies across the country as well as hiring for key conservation positions.” The USDA says that the announcement will immediately benefit two of WLFW’s newest priorities: “ongoing efforts to help conserve migratory big game habitat,” and “conservation of bobwhite quail and associated species in the grasslands and savannas of the central and eastern U.S.”