More than two-thirds of the land area in the United States is privately owned, with 914 million acres in farms or ranches and approximately 300 million acres in private forest. These working lands, which represent much of the country’s remaining open space and habitat, are vitally important to the conservation of soil, water, and fish and wildlife resources.
This Subcommittee was formed to help state and federal land management agencies, as well as non-government conservation organizations, better interact with private landowners to facilitate bird conservation on these lands. We work with partners to identify opportunities to integrate bird conservation priorities into private lands conservation efforts. We work in many different arenas, such as assisting the U.S. Department of Agriculture in implementing Farm Bill conservation programs to maximize benefits for a variety of birds across the country and providing information and resources to land trusts about bird habitat conservation.
Projects, Products, and Resources
- 2014 Farm Bill Field Guide – This Guide serves as a tool for fish and wildlife conservation providers in better understanding the Farm Bill and how its programs can help landowners conserve fish and wildlife habitat.
- Biological Capacity Brochures (Short One Page Version) Biological Capacity Brochures (Long White Paper) – Read more about the need to increase on-the-ground biological capacity to fully harness the wildlife potential of the 2008 Farm Bill.
- Field Guide to the 2008 Farm Bill for Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Version 1.1 – a publication of U.S. NABCI and the Intermountain West Joint Venture.
Tammy VerCauteren, Co-Chair
Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
Todd Fearer, Co-chair
Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture (JV)
Additional Members: Bridget Collins – NFWF, Breck Carmichael – SCDNR, Ashley Dayer – Cornell, Danielle Flynn – NRCS, Geoff Geupel – Point Blue Conservation Sciences, David Hoge – FSA, Judith Scarl – NABCI/AFWA, NABCI Coordinator, Dave Smith – IWJV