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Win-Win for Southwestern Willow Flycatchers and Landowners

Cara J

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What do western landowners and a small, grey endangered bird species have in common? They’ll both be coming out on top because of a new conservation program unveiled last week that aims to restore their habitat on the West Coast. Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFL), a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that started in 2012, is behind the new plan to conserve habitat for 84 riparian species including the federally endangered Southwestern willow flycatcher’s (Empidonax traillii extimus), while simultaneously supporting working lands in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. “The purpose of Working Lands for Wildlife is threefold,” said WLFL coordinator Galon Hall. “One, we hope to create a win-win for agriculture and wildlife; two, we want to effectively target or prioritize conservation; and three, we want to provide regulatory assurances for potential listings or regulatory protection for private landowners’ conservation activities.” Deemed an “ecosystem-wide model,” the new conservation plan is a targeted approach that Hall hopes will provide an example for all future conservation efforts. Through the model, WLFW plans to work closely with Southwest landowners who volunteer to be part of the program [...]


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