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Federal & State Conservation Programs Federal & State Conservation Programs
Regardless of whether you live in the city, on the coast, or in the country, there may be a conservation assistance program that is right for you. We'll also help connect you to the professionals nearby that can assist in achieving your conservation goals.

The federal land conservation funding and technical assistance programs are national in scope and the majority are offered by the Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Department of Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service.

Both the federal government and the state of Texas have a number of land conservation assistance programs designed to help you with either financial or technical assistance. Take a look through the programs to see if one fits your conservation goals. The following federal and state assistance programs are designed to promote habitat protection or restoration as well as other conservation activities on your land through grants, cost-share, technical assistance, or tax incentives.

State Funding / Technical Resources State Funding / Technical Resources
Agricultural Loan Guarantee Program - Texas
Agricultural Water Conservation
Agricultural Water Conservation Loan Program
Center for Invasive Species Eradication (CISE)
Central & West Texas Landowner Assistance
Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC)
East Texas Landowner Assistance
East Texas Wetlands Project
Extension Wildlife Program
Feral Hog Abatement Grant Program
Feral Hog Grant Programs
Forest Stewardship Program - Texas
GO TEXAN Partner Program
Grassland Restoration Incentive Program
Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System
Hog Out County Grants Program
Initiatives - Prairie Grasslands Ecosystem
Innovative Water Technologies
Interest Rate Reduction Program - Texas
Lesser Prairie Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan
Lone Star Land Steward Award Program
LPC Wildlife Management Plan
Mississippi Interstate Cooperative Resource Association
National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative
Nongame and Rare Species Program - Texas
Ocelot Safe Harbor Agreement
Pastures For Upland Birds - Post Oak Savannah and Blackland Prairie Wildlife Management
Private Lands Enhancement Program
Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation, Inc™
Southern Regional Extension Forestry
Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
Texas A&M Forest Service
Texas Agrilife Extension
Texas Coastal Wetlands
Texas Conservation Action Plan
Texas Department of Agriculture
Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP)
Texas Equine Incentive Program
Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Program
Texas Hill Country Endangered Songbird Safe Harbor Agreement
Texas Landowner Incentive Program
Texas Prairie Wetlands Project (TPWP)
Texas Private Lands and Habitat Program
Texas Private Lands Initiative
Texas Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program
Texas State Wildlife Grant Program
Texas Water Resources Institute
Texas Wetlands Conservation Plan
Texas Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal
Texas Youth Hunting Program
Tree Farm Certification
UNT Quail
Water Education Network
Whitewater to Bluewater Project
Wildlife Habitat Assessment Program
Young Farmer Grant Program
Young Farmer Interest Rate Reduction Program

Federal & State Conservation Programs Conservation Districts
Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts What are Conservation Districts?

"The Nation that destroys its soil destroys itself" was the warning issued in 1937 by President Roosevelt when he signed legislation authorizing the creation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. At that time, the nation was facing a monumental task of protecting our soil and water from the ravages of improper use that resulted in the "Dust Bowl" era. The Federal Government realized it could only solve the problem through strong local involvement and participation. Local people had to be a major part of the solution, which is why Soil and Water Conservation Districts were formed.

By contacting the directors of the soil and water conservation district, a farmer or rancher can get assistance on all phases of conservation.

A wheat farmer on the High Plains can get help in solving a specific wind erosion problem. A rancher can get information on how to manage grasses on his rangeland. A woodland owner can get help to develop a management and conservation plan on timberland, and a vegetable grower in the Rio Grande Valley finds no problem in getting up-to-date information on irrigation. At the same time, a cotton farmer in Central Texas can solve specific erosion problems with current information supplied through an SWCD.

Today, our nation is facing another monumental task: Controlling "polluted runoff", otherwise known as Non-Point Source Pollution. As it was in the 1930’s, the solution is local involvement. Districts are subdivisions of state government run by locally elected and appointed volunteers who work to solve local natural resource problems. It is community involvement and the voluntary approach that makes Soil and Water Conservation Districts so effective. Working in a unique cooperative partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, which provides strong technical expertise, and state and local partners, Soil and Water Conservation Districts reach out to all local stakeholders in the community to determine priorities and set a course of action to solve natural resource problems. Districts provide local conservation leadership, teach the value of natural resources, encourage conservation efforts and help plan and implement voluntary programs. Each District program is different and unique to the area that it serves, because the programs are developed by local people to solve local problems.

Benefits of District Programs

  • Help solve statewide problems by providing local solutions to many local natural resource problems (one size does not fit all)
  • Develop local leadership
  • Provide local hands-on training on natural resource issues
  • Teach the value of natural resources directly to local people
  • Provide voluntary technical assistance to landusers
  • Technical assistance and education help prevent and reduce polluted runoff (non-point source pollution)
  • Technical assistance helps protect drinking water supplies
  • Technical assistance helps landowners to better manage their forests
  • Programs bring in outside money (federal) that is spent locally

Federal & State Conservation Programs Texas AgriLife Extension Service
TTexas AgriLife Extension Working hand-in-hand with its Texas A&M System partners, the state legislature, and the communities it serves, the mission of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service to serve Texans through community-based education has remained unchanged for almost a century.

With a vast network of 250 county Extension offices, 616 Extension agents, and 343 subject-matter specialists, the expertise provided by AgriLife Extension is available to every resident in every Texas county. But Extension specialists are well-aware that a program offered in Dallas might not be relevant in the Rio Grande Valley. AgriLife Extension custom-designs its programs to different areas of the state, significantly depending on residents for input and program delivery.

The mission of AgriLife Extension is a seemingly simple one: improving the lives of people, businesses, and communities across Texas and beyond through high-quality, relevant education. Carrying out this mission, however, is a massive undertaking.one that requires the commitment of each and every one of the agency's 1,900 employees. Through the programs these employees provide, Texans are better prepared to:
  • Eat well, stay healthy, manage money, and raise their children to be successful adults.
  • Efficiently help themselves through preventing problems and using tools for economic stability and security.
  • Improve stewardship of the environment and of the state's natural resources.
Today's AgriLife Extension is known for its leadership, dedication, expertise, responsiveness, and trustworthiness. Texans turn to AgriLife Extension for solutions, and its agents and specialists respond not only with answers, but with a significant return on investment to boost the Texas economy.

Project Updates / News Project Updates / News
Updates and news from Private Landowner Network

USDA Announces Specialty Crop Block Grant Program-Historic Farm Bill Support Available through State Departments of Agriculture

The USDA announced its Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and the availability of $66 million in grants to help support specialty crop growers.

Shortage of Farmers Creates 'Dangerous Situation' for U.S.

According to the USDA, 15 percent of all jobs created in the U.S. between 2010 and 2015 will be in agriculture and forestry production. But the USDA expects fewer commercial farm and ranch operators to be in existence by 2015 than there are now — and a majority of jobs will be along the lines of agriculture specialists and crop management consultants.

Secretary Jewell Releases Landscape-Scale Mitigation Strategy to Encourage Dual Objectives of Smart Development and Conservation

Strategy seeks to provide clarity and consistency to more effectively avoid, minimize and compensate for impacts on public lands.

Sens. King, Collins & Reps. Michaud, Pingree Fight USDA Plan to End Valuable Resource for Maine Farmers

The USDA has proposed to close or consolidate 250 FSA offices around the country. Legislators from rural states, including Maine, have signed a letter opposing the restructuring.

USDA Announces 2014 Cotton Loan Rate Differentials

USDA Announces Funding to Train and Educate Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers

USDA announced the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, a program that will help train, educate and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of agricultural producers. Applications due June 12.

Obama Administration Outlines New Strategy to Better Protect Communities, Businesses and Public and Private Lands from the Threat of Wildland Fire Ahead of 2014 Fire Season

The National Cohesive Wildlife Fire Management Strategy, developed by federal, state, tribal, and local community partners and public stakeholders, outlines new approaches to coordinate and integrate efforts to restore and maintain healthy landscapes, prepare communities for fire season, and better address the nation's wildland fire threats.

EPA Awarding Close to $13 Million to Assist Small Drinking Water and Wastewater Systems Across the United States

The EPA is awarding grants to help private well owners improve small system operations and management practices

USDA Officially Announces Sign-Up Date for Farmer and Rancher Disaster Assistance Programs

Sign-Up Begins April 15 for Livestock, Honeybee, Fruit Grower Programs

Estimated ACRE Payments for 2013

This article by Gary Schnitkey from the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois predicts ACRE payments for the 2013 crop year.

National effort to reduce damage caused by feral swine

Feral swine are in 17 to 39 states and have cost over $1.5 billion in annual damage. In response, the USDA has announced a national effort to reduce damage caused by these invasive animals.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Announces Progress on 2014 Farm Bill Implementation

Significant Action Taken on All Bill Titles in First Eight Weeks Since Enactment

USDA Provides Farm Bill Funding for Pest and Disease Management Programs

Conservation Grant Helps Rice Growers Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

USDA is helping to provide rice growers in California and the Midsouth with new opportunities to voluntarily execute conservation practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions while cultivating a new income stream.

USDA Announces Commodity Credit Corporation Lending Rates for April 2014

White House looks to regulate cow flatulence as part of climate agenda

Environmentalists have been pushing the Obama administration to crack down on methane emissions for some time, arguing that they drive global warming and pollute the air and water. Now the White House has proposed to cut methane emissions from dairy, agriculture, and the oil and gas industries.

USDA Announces Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2014 Feedstock Flexibility Program Plans

The CCC announced that it will not invoke the use of the FFP at this time.

We’re Listing it as Threatened, But States, Partnerships Will Conserve Lesser Prairie-Chicken

USDA Announces the Extension of the Milk Income Loss Contract Program for 2014

The MILC program has been extended- protecting diary farmers enrolled in the program against income loss through Sept. 1 2014.

The man who helped save a billion lives

Norman Borlaug earned the nickname “Father of the Green Revolution,” a term used to refer to changes in agricultural practices that increased food production from the 1950s forward.

Subcommittee Examines Costs Associated With Lawsuits Filed Against the U.S. Forest Service

Rep. Glenn 'GT' Thompson, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry, held a public hearing to review the impact of the Endangered Species Act and related legislation on the U.S. Forest Service.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Announces Increased Opportunity for Producers as part of New Farm Bill

Farm Loan Program Modifications Create Flexibility for New and Existing Farmers and Ranchers Alike

USDA Announces Growth of U.S. Organic Industry

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced new figures Thursday that show the organic industry continues to grow domestically and globally, with over 25,000 certified organic operations in more than 120 different countries around the world.

Agribusiness Friendliness Index

The Agribusiness Friendliness Index represents an attempt to quantify the various factors that influence the business climate for agribusinesses in each state.

New subsurface poultry litter works for no-till corn

A new poultry litter application method injects dry litter directly into the soil by using a subsurface litter application implement developed by USDA-ARS.

Net Farm Income Forecast To Fall in 2014

The ERS report forecasts a decline in net farm income in 2014.

USDA Announces Efforts to Expand Support for Small and Mid-Sized Farmers and Ranchers

The recent Census of Agriculture shows that there is tremendous growth potential for small and mid-sized producers in the American agricultural landscape. The USDA is taking a hard look at existing resources to ensure that they work for producers of all sizes, adjusting policies, strengthening programs and intensifing outreach to meet the needs of small and mid-sized producers.

More Texas and N.M. counties to get disaster aid

USDA adds nine more Texas and six more New Mexico counties to growing drought disaster list.

USDA Announces Support for Innovative, Sustainable Wood Building Materials to Protect Environment and Create Jobs

Secretary Vilsack: One of the world's oldest building materials is now also one of its most advanced

Pork producers blasted by new virus, PEDv

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, or PEDv, continue to slam U.S. pork producers, including Ohio farmers.

EPA Asks Americans to Join the Race to Stop Water Leaks

WaterSense celebrates Fix a Leak Week Beginning March 17

Prairie strips aid production, conservation

Photographs, infographics and interviews paint a full-color big picture view of prairie strips in a new publication from Iowa State University’s STRIPS team and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

Fast Internet in Rural America?

Google may eventually have the answer with the expansion of it's Google Fiber project.

Young Farmers Remain Concerned About Land Availability

Securing adequate land to grow crops and raise livestock was the top challenge identified again this year in the American Farm Bureau Federation's annual outlook survey of participants in the Young Farmers & Ranchers program.

Quiet business is international firm dealing in agriculture and soils

Perry Agricultural Laboratory is an international soil testing, farm consulting, agricultural law business that has been serving producers for decades.

Southwest water deficits could be Southeast agriculture’s gain

Alabama and other Southeastern states could gain an advantage by increasing their irrigation capabilities and by wisely managing their water resources.

Conservation Agriculture: A powerful tool for the future

Conservation agriculture offers a powerful option for meeting future food demands while also contributing to sustainable agriculture and rural development. CA methods can improve the efficiency of input, increase farm income, improve or sustain crop yields and protect and revitalise soil, biodiversity and the natural resource base.

USDA Enhances Farm Storage Facility Loan Program

Comparison of 2008 and 2014 Farm Bills

The Natural Resources Conservation Service has produced an easy to navigate, side-by-side comparision of 2008 and 2014 Farm Bill Programs.

Livestock Producers Affected by Severe Weather Urged to Keep Good Records

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia, today repeated his appeal to livestock producers affected by natural disasters such as the drought in the West and the unexpected winter storm in the upper Midwest to keep thorough records. This includes livestock and feed losses, and any additional expenses that are a result of losses to purchased forage or feed stuff.

How one family maintains a diversified, sustainable farm

Producer Annie Dee explains importance of cover crops, irrigation, soil health.

Broadcast Recording Available from National Cover Crops Conference

The conference recording features a discussion of how cover crops can improve soil health and the major barriers to their increased adoption, and was led by Buffett and fellow panelists Jason Weller, chief of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Ray Gaesser, Iowa farmer and American Soybean Association president.

Climate Change and Agriculture in the Northwest: Challenges and Opportunities

Climate change impacts to agriculture in the Pacific Northwest are detailed in the recent report, Climate Change in the Northwest: Implications for Our Landscapes, Waters, and Communities.

Press Release: Wall Street Banks Eye American Farmland, Threaten Future of U.S. Agriculture

Forest Assessment After an Ice Storm

Winter Storm Pax killed three people in northern Texas and two in Mississippi, but the storm’s destructive freeze seemed to get worse for trees as it moved east the week of Feb. 9-15.

Service Announces Listing of Georgetown and Salado Salamanders As Threatened Under the Endangered Species Act

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced it is listing the Georgetown and Salado salamanders as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, due to habitat degredation and changes in water flow and quality.

USDA Announces New Grants to Help Communities Meet Water Challenges in Coming Years

$6 Million in Fiscal Year 2014, Up to $30 Million Over Next Five Years Available

Water-Cleaning Technology Could Help Farmers

The Panoche Water District and WaterFX have developed a solar thermal desalinization plant, which if proven commercially viable could relieve drought pressures on western farmers.

USDA Announces No Storage Deficit Areas for the 2013-Crop Cotton Marketing Assistance Loan Program

USDA Announces 2014 Upland Cotton Marketing Assistance Loan Rate

Commodity Credit Corporation Executive Vice President Juan M. Garcia today announced the marketing assistance loan rate for 2014-crop base quality upland cotton.

Secretary Vilsack Announces Regional Hubs to Help Agriculture, Forestry Mitigate the Impacts of a Changing Climate

'Climate Hubs' will provide regional networks on climate science, forecasting impacts as part of President's Climate Action Plan

Growing Insects: Farmers Can Help to Bring Back Pollinators

Across the world there has been a notable decline in pollinators, which can have catastrophic impacts on agriculture and ecosystems.

Texas Ranch Owner Turns 400-acre Property into Wildlife Habitat

Mary Jo Bogatto has turned her 400-acre Cactus Creek Ranch into an award-winning “living classroom” for wildlife conservation. She has made it her mission to educate the public on everything nature has to offer and how to protect and take care of it.

Companies Partner with States to Conserve Lesser Prairie Chicken Habitat

The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies announces land enrollment by industry partners

The USDA Released Agricultural Projections to 2022

The USDA has provided longrun projections for the farm sector for the next 10 years.

Leading Environmental Restoration and Mitigation Banking Firm Expands Into Conservation Banking: Lesser Prairie Chicken to Benefit

The partnership between Restoration Systems LLC and Common Ground Capital will provide the capital and strategic resources needed to enable CGC to complete execution of landscape-scale species conservation banks. These banks will compensate for the destruction of the Lesser Prairie Chicken habitat.

NRCS and Forest Service Partner to Improve Forest Health

San Bernardino and Riverside County, California Among Areas Targeted to Reduce Wildfire Risk

USDA Accepts Grant Applications for Conservation Innovation Efforts

Grant Program Links Public, Private Groups to Improve the Environment and Preserve Resources

The Scott River Water Trust: Improving Stream Flows the Easy Way

A PERC case study on the Scott River Water Trust shows how a trust has pioneered the use of low-volume, low-cost water leases to enhance environmental flows. The trust pays farmers to leave water instream for salmon and steelhead.

Year's First National Water Forecast Predicts Limited Supply West of the Continental Divide

NRCS NWCC data predicts a limited water supply west of the Continental Divide.

EPA Proposes Updates to Air Standards for Newly Manufactured Woodstoves and Heaters

Updates would make the next generation of woodstoves and heaters significantly cleaner and more efficient

USDA Announces No Actions in early 2014 under the Feedstock Flexibility Program

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA does not expect to take any actions under the Feedstock Flexibility Program (FFP) in the first calendar quarter of 2014.

MSU releases app for beef producers

The Mississippi State University Extension Service released the MSUES Cattle Calculator on Dec. 2 for Apple devices.

USDA Brings Additional Relief to Landowners Affected by Hurricane Sandy

Second Round of Conservation Easement Applications to be Accepted in 2014.

NFWF Announces More Than $100 Million for Restoration Projects on the Gulf Coast
Funds derived from settlement of DOJ criminal charges against BP and Transocean
 

SEAFWA Endorses Full Funding for NBCI by States
The Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) has voted unanimously to endorse member states’ fully funding the core operations of the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) for an initial three-year period. 

New Campaign Calls for Restoration Projects that Benefit Environment and Economy
October 30, 2013 -- The Walton Family Foundation announced a Gulf-wide effort to spotlight business support for restoration projects that will benefit both the economy and the environment.

Saving a Texas rite of passage, one ranch at a time
ALEDO — In Texas, quail equals money.

Experts: 'Something Bigger is Going on' with Wildfires
Science is connecting hotter, bigger fires and a longer, more intense fire season with changes in the climate.

New Habitat Program for TX Landowners
La Grange, TX – The Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture (OPJV) Partnership is pleased to announce a new program designed to help private landowners pay for the cost of wildlife habitat improvements on their property.

What Good is Dead Wood?
When you hear a barred owl calling “who cooks for you?” in your woods, chances are it’s calling from a nest cavity in the limb of a dying tree.

At trial, BP denies dithering during response to U.S. Gulf spill
Dithering and indecision at BP Plc delayed the capping of its Macondo well and worsened the extent of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, according to allegations by plaintiffs' lawyers at trial on Tuesday that the British company denied.

Deep sea recovery from U.S. Gulf spill could take decades: study
The muddy deep-sea ecosystem around the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill could take decades to recover from the effects of the disaster, researchers reported on Tuesday.

Halliburton pleads guilty to destroying Gulf spill evidence
Halliburton Co pleaded guilty on Thursday to federal charges of destroying evidence, stemming from its role in the 2010 BP oil disaster that killed 11 men and sent more than 4 million barrels of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico.

'Licence to trash' offsetting scheme set back until Autumn
Government proposals would mean developers would have to pay compensation equal to any damage to habitats

Backyard Conservation: Bringing conservation from the countryside to your backyard
Just as they do on the farm, conservation practices on nonagricultural land can help increase food and shelter for birds and other wildlife, control soil erosion, reduce sediment in waterways, conserve water and improve water quality, inspire a stewardship ethic, and beautify the landscape.

Rebel claimants in BP spill settlement get expedited hearing
A U.S. appeals court will hold an expedited hearing for a small group of claimants in a Gulf spill settlement with BP Plc, with oral arguments set for the week of November 4, the court said on Friday.

NBTC Petitions FSA for Addition to CP33 Eligibility

Ducks Unlimited offers breakwater prioritization web application
RICHMOND, Texas - Aug. 12, 2013 - Ducks Unlimited is pleased to announce the availability of its Breakwater Prioritization Report and Web Mapping Application.

Farm bill and sequestration impacting conservation programs
Farm and nutrition programs are often at the forefront of debate over a new farm bill. But conservation programs are also a vital part of the farm bill mix.

Texas Quail Group Supports NBCI Ag Policy Efforts with $75,000 Grant
The Dallas-based, non-profit Park Cities Quail (PCQ) organization has awarded the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) $75,000 to support its efforts to educate federal agriculture policymakers in the nation’s capital regarding farm policy impacts on bobwhite quail and other wildlife species.

Texas Quail Group Supports NBCI Ag Policy Efforts with $75,000 Grant
The Dallas-based, non-profit Park Cities Quail (PCQ) organization has awarded the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) $75,000 to support its efforts to educate federal agriculture policymakers in the nation’s capital regarding farm policy impacts on bobwhite quail and other wildlife species.

BP sues U.S. government over contract suspensions after oil spill
BP Plc is suing the U.S. government for barring the British oil giant from obtaining new federal contracts after the company pleaded guilty to charges related to the 2010 rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.

Judge orders BP to pay $130 million fees to Gulf claims program
BP Plc must pay $130 million to a court-appointed administrator overseeing payments to thousands of people who claimed they were hurt by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday, in a fresh legal setback for the oil company.

Louisiana, Gulf Coast wildlife tourism means billions of dollars, thousands of jobs, study says

Judge denies BP effort to halt Gulf spill claim payouts
A federal judge denied an attempt by BP Plc to suspend payments to people and businesses claiming damages related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, while an investigator looks into possible misconduct in the payout process.

Row Crop Field Buffers Show Dramatic Increase in Bobwhite Potential in Most Regions
A conservation practice introduced in agricultural row crop settings in 2004 by USDA at the behest of the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) has resulted in bobwhite populations up to three times greater than those found in traditionally managed crop fields, according to a just-released study of the program’s impacts.

Analysis: Contentious oil spill claims set up BP for long legal battle
Faced with hundreds of damage claims it says are fictitious and inflated, BP must decide whether to dive into a protracted legal battle it had sought to avoid when it settled a class action over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Sparks relieves Walker as Federal On-Scene Coordinator
NEW ORLEANS -- Capt. Thomas Sparks has assumed duties as the Federal On-scene Coordinator for the Gulf Coast Incident Management Team from Capt. Duke Walker.

USDA and DOI Highlight Successes of Protecting Bird Habitat on Private Lands
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell today announced the release of the State of the Birds 2013 Report on Private Lands.

Latest Quail Research Available in New Volume
The latest in peer-reviewed quail research is now available in a 386-page volume, Quail VII: Proceedings of the Seventh National Quail Symposium.

U.S. Coast Guard Deepwater Horizon Response transitions to National Response Center reporting
NEW ORLEANS - The Federal On-Scene Coordinator for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has announced that the Gulf Coast Incident Management Team has started transitioning back to National Response Center reporting.

NOAA Fisheries Announces Changes to the Recreational Red Snapper Season in the Gulf of Mexico - Gulf-Wide Season Set at 28 Days
Earlier this year, NOAA Fisheries published an emergency rule giving the agency the authority to adjust seasons off each Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) state based on whether their state-water seasons and bag limits were consistent with federal regulations.

Vilsack Outlines Vision for Agricultural Solutions to Environmental Challenges
WASHINGTON, June 5, 2013-Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today said that the Federal government must increase collaboration with producers, researchers and industry to develop the next generation of solutions that will help agriculture mitigate and adapt to modern climate challenges.

Survey of Woodland Owners Reveals Major Challenges
The U.S. Forest Service regularly surveys woodland owners to get information on the land they own, why they own it, how they use it and if—and how—they manage it.

Join AFF's Free the Trees Campaign
Insects, diseases and weeds threaten the future of the woodlands we cherish. Some 58 million acres of forestland in the United States are imperiled by pests and pathogens. More than 500 tree-damaging pests from other countries have become established here, with a new threat introduced every two to three years.

Wetlands clean water, provide homes for wildlife across the nation
Wetlands play a crucial role in the world’s ecosystem by protecting and improving water quality, filtering surface water, storing floodwater and creating or enhancing wildlife habitat.

Successful Managing Our Nation’s Fisheries Conference Brings Together Diverse Voices
Press Release

2013 “Waters to Watch” List Highlights Variety of Conservation Challenges
(Washington, DC) - The National Fish Habitat Partnership (www.fishhabitat.org) has unveiled its 10 “Waters to Watch” list for 2013, a collection of rivers, streams, estuaries, watershed systems and lakes that will benefit from strategic conservation efforts to protect, restore or enhance their current condition.

Feral Swine: Ripping and Rooting Their Way across America
Feral swine have been called the “rototillers” of nature. Their longs snouts and tusks allow them to rip and root their way across America in search of food. Unfortunately, the path they leave behind impacts ranchers, farmers, land managers, conservationists, and suburbanites alike.

As honey bee numbers drop, U.S. sees threat to food supply
Honey bees, which play a key role in pollinating a wide variety of food crops, are in sharp decline in the United States, due to parasites, disease and pesticides, said a federal report released on Thursday.

Grant helps educate tribes on drought management
With the help of a USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service grant, the American Indian Inter Tribal Buffalo Council is working to make tribal lands more resilient to drought.

Water Quality Index for Agricultural Runoff, Streamlined and Accessible
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has developed a new web-based tool to help producers easily calculate the quality of water flowing off their fields.

Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council April 2013 Update
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met in Gulfport, Mississippi, April 15 - 18, 2013, to discuss a number of fishery issues, including several related to the management of red snapper.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries News - Louisiana and Texas Fisheries Agencies File Joint Lawsuit Challenging Red Snapper Emergency Rule
Agencies Emphasize They Will Keep All Options Open to Resolve Issue Cooperatively

Analysis: BP's legal gamble may trim spill bill by billions
BP Plc's attempt to get a U.S. federal court to pin at least a sizeable amount of the blame for the Deepwater Horizon disaster on other companies may have saved it billions of dollars.

Conservation and the Fiscal Cliff Deal
Enhanced Tax Incentive & Charitable Deduction Survive

NRDA Group Seeks Information about CRMS
On April 3, 2013, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Branch Chief Greg Steyer was invited by the Deepwater Horizon Restoration Subcommittee of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustee Council to present to them the lessons learned in developing the Louisiana Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (CRMS).

The State of Our Rivers and Streams
A recent EPA survey shows that more than half of the nation’s rivers and stream miles are in poor condition for aquatic life.

Download the Free Federal Fishing Regulations App
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council offers a fishing regulations App for the Android and the iPhone - both are available for download.

Council Maintains Texas Shrimp Closure
By a unanimous vote, the Gulf Council approved a motion during its February meeting to continue the Texas shrimp closure for 2013.

Stay in the loop with Gulf Currents
Stay up to date on Gulf of Mexico Fishery issues - visit our blog - Gulf Currents.

Why does the recreational red snapper season keep getting shorter?
We know you’re seeing more red snapper than ever before, and this is a great indicator that the rebuilding plan is working, but it doesn’t mean that the stock is rebuilt.

New Bobwhite Foundation Gets $1 Million Commitment As a Challenge for Additional Contributions
A bobwhite enthusiast in Texas kicked off fundraising for the new Bobwhite Foundation this week with a $100,000 endowment … and a promise to match up to $1 million in “endowed” donations from any other source within the next two years.

Project Noah
Project Noah is an award-winning software platform designed to help people reconnect with the natural world.

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