SECTION II: POTENTIAL STRATEGIES
Group B. STRATEGIES THAT PROVIDE INCENTIVES FOR CONSERVATION ON AGRICULTURAL LAND
Strategy B1: Partner with others to maintain and enhance environmental quality on agricultural land
Additional funds could enhance existing programs that work with farmers to create and maintain habitat on private land. Many governmental and non-profit entities and private landowners work to improve wildlife habitat and other aspects of environmental quality on farmland. They recognize the value of natural habitat features on agricultural land. Similarly, they may see value in establishing a mosaic of habitat and conventional crops across the landscape.
Thus, many growers build wildlife-friendly features on their farms, including hedgerows, grassed waterways and vegetated tail-water ponds. These have beneficial roles in agriculture and serve as habitat features. Some managers make use of livestock for weed control in habitat areas; e.g., livestock grazing is sometimes the key to maintaining desirable conditions in vernal pools.
RELATED PROGRAMS AND POLICIES
A familiar example is the work of Resource Conservation Districts and the NRCS. They offer ways to improve management of farms and rangeland to benefit both agriculture and wildlife. RCDs work with the NRCS to help fund projects on private land. Federal Farm Bill programs, including the Conservation Reserve and Wetland Reserve Programs, share costs with landowners to create and maintain habitat on private land.
The Central Valley Joint Venture is another example of successful establishment of countless wetland habitat projects on privately-owned farmland over the past twenty-five years. The projects are compatible with production agriculture and often involve rice land in both the growing and fallow season and winter flooding of other crops.
If you would like to provide feedback on this strategy, please click the following link: Agricultural Stewardship Strategy Feedback Form
ALS Workgroup: ALS Framework and Strategies: Section II: Strategy B1 Partner to Enhance: 102913