Western Governors support USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service programs

Western Governors have voiced their support for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) as Congressional leadership considers funding levels for the 2018 fiscal year and reauthorization of the 2014 Farm Bill.

NRCS empowers private landowners to work with states and the federal government on large-scale management priorities across areas with different land ownerships. Benefits of its programs include:

  • Stimulating economic activity and creating jobs in local communities;
  • Conserving habitat for the greater sage-grouse (affecting 11 western states) and lesser prairie chicken (affecting five western states), as well as species such as the Oregon chub;
  • Mitigating wildland fire potential in western states; and
  • Reducing the threat of invasive species on western lands.

The letter sent on October 4, 2017 to Senators Mitch McConnell and Charles Schumer and Representatives Paul Ryan and Nancy Pelosi also included specific examples of NRCS collaboration with WGA. Read, download the Letter. 

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