Wildlife Habitat Education

Greg Brenneman, Ag Engineering Field Specialist, Southeast

Problem Statement
Many landowners with land in the CRP program have an interest in improving land for wildlife habitat.  However, often they have limited experience in establishing the types of cover including native grasses that is often recommended for wildlife.
Programmatic Response
To address some of these questions, test plots were conducted in Linn and Washington counties looking at different ways to establish native grasses and forbs.  Photos were taken throughout the growing season and observations were made to use at follow up meetings.  In August, three field days were held at these plots.  Two of these field days were for the producers and landowners with CRP contracts and one provided training for conservation professionals who will be advising landowners.
In addition, a quail habitat workshop was held in conjunction with Quail Unlimited to address the different habitat needs of quail vs. other grass land birds.

Approximately 60 landowners and 25 agency staff were contacted through these programs.
A previous survey of similar programs showed that on average, each landowner represents over 40 acres of CRP land.  Thus, these programs impacted approximately 2400 acres of CRP land plus landowners being contacted by agency staff.

March 15, 2006
150 - Environmental Stewardship

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