Speaking at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association meeting in Denver last week. Dave White, Chief of USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, announced the availability of funds to conserve critical sage-grouse habitat in Colorado, Montana and Wyoming. The funding is being made available through USDA's Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program.
"NRCS is taking bold steps to protect agricultural lands that sage-grouse depend upon, and is working to ensure that this vulnerable species continues to have access to the habitat it needs to thrive," White said. "NRCS field staff will work collaboratively with farmers and ranchers to implement scientifically proven conservation practices that foster conditions tailored to the needs of the species and improves natural resources on agricultural lands."
NRCS will use $23 million to protect approximately 40,000 acres of prime sagebrush grazing land in Wyoming, 7,000 acres of working lands in Montana, and roughly 2,000 acres of large and intact sagebrush grasslands in Colorado.