Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever announced a historic effort in February to protect and conserve North America’s upland habitats by launching its first comprehensive, $500 million Call of the Uplands® National Campaign. The bold plan encompasses habitat conservation, education & outreach, and national advocacy strategies to conserve 9 million acres, engage 1.5 million outdoor participants, and enact landscape-level national policy for wildlife and rural communities.
The State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) practice within the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is an innovative approach which allows state fish and wildlife agencies, along with their federal and NGO partners, to define priority species and landscapes for practice delivery. North Dakota has several designated SAFE projects, but among the most relevant to the goals of the PPJV is the Declining Grassland Bird SAFE.
2020 was a spectacular year for Montana Ducks Unlimited (DU) given the operational hurdles faced throughout the year. Montana DU kept the bar high with record-breaking fundraising dollars, technical assistance acres, and protected acres. With the help of private landowners, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and land trusts, Montana DU protected over 64,000 acres of grassland, wetland, and farmland throughout the state. Landowner interest and demand for conservation programs in Montana is strong.
The North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition (NDGLC) established a mentoring program that provides a network of producer mentors who are available to consult with other producers. Mentors share knowledge in areas including, but not limited to, grazing management, water development, wildlife management, cover crops, fencing, value of crop aftermath grazing, cutting winter feed costs, and profitable ranch management.