USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar have announced a new $33-million partnership with farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to use innovative approaches to restore and protect the habitats for wildlife, including seven at-risk species and other vulnerable game species.
The announcement of the Working Lands for Wildlife partnership follows the White House Conference on Conservation that spotlighted community-driven conservation efforts as part of President Obama's America’s Great Outdoors Initiative.
"America's natural resources play a significant role in building a strong and vibrant economy," says Vilsack. "Agricultural lands with healthy and abundant wildlife habitat support strong incomes for our farmers and ranchers and provide great opportunities for enhancing hunting and fishing, outdoor recreation and wildlife viewing."
"This innovative partnership aligns our goals of empowering America's farmers and ranchers to continue working their lands, while furthering conservation of imperiled species, such as the greater sage grouse, through voluntary measures," says Salazar. "The Working Lands for Wildlife initiative will allow us to focus our resources where we can do the most good and will serve as a model for a more efficient, more effective, and more cooperative way to improve the health and diversity of working landscapes and strengthen local economies."
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