Magazine article International Wildlife

NWF Grasslands Campaign Pays off in Wins for Prairie Projects, Species

Magazine article International Wildlife

NWF Grasslands Campaign Pays off in Wins for Prairie Projects, Species

Article excerpt

The National Wildlife Federation's efforts to preserve America's dwindling grasslands has yielded some important victories in Congress and the courts, as well as in state and federal management agencies:

* Funding for Grasslands

In the waning days of the 106th Congress, NWF was instrumental in persuading lawmakers to earmark $3 million to restore grasslands in Minnesota, Iowa and the Dakotas. Congress also provided a $2 million increase in funding to restore shortgrass and mixed-grass prairies on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands. These areas provide critical habitat for sage grouse, black-footed ferrets, swift foxes and black- tailed prairie dogs, whose plight NWF has brought to the forefront.

* Wild Lands Management

The Federation successfully sued BLM for failing to write a resource management plan for its sage grouse lands in southwestern Montana. In an out-of-court settlement, the agency agreed to draft a plan this year and acknowledged for the first time that sage grouse protection must be part of its land-use plan for the area.

* Prairie Dog Protection

NWF helped persuade Colorado to become the first state to ban recreational target shooting of the black-tailed prairie dog and is working with state officials to develop an incentive program for landowners who protect prairie dogs on their properties. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.