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Working Lands for Wildlife Projects

Working Lands for Wildlife Projects Page Header​WLFW has delivered many unprecedented successes over the years, and NRCS has expanded its efforts on additional species and working landscapes.

Projects focus on declining species that have needs compatible with agricultural practices and rural land management and that can benefit from conservation on private lands. Some of the new projects focus on one target species; others focus on a group of species.

Projects include:

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Blanding’s Turtle

Target Species: Blanding’s Turtle
States: Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio
Milestone: 2,700 acres
Learn more: Blanding’s Turtle Project webpage

Bog turtle in grass. Photo credit J.D. Kleopfer, VA DWR

Bog Turtle

Target Species: Bog Turtle
States: Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts
Learn more: Bog Turtle Project webpage
Eastern Hellbender Project

Eastern Hellbender

Target Species: Eastern Hellbender
States: North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia
Milestone: 6,000 acres/100 miles of streambank
Learn more: Eastern Hellbender Project webpage

Hawaiian Nene Project

Hawaiian Nene

Target Species: Hawaiian Nene
State: Hawaii
Milestone: 500 acres
Learn more: Hawaiian Nene Project webpage


Louisiana Pine Snake Project

Louisiana Pine Snake

Target Species: Louisiana Pine Snake
States: Louisiana and Texas
Milestone: 5,000 acres
Learn more: Louisiana Pine Snake Project webpage

Northern Plains Grassland Project

Northern Plains Grassland

Target Species: Chestnut-collared Longspur, Baird’s Sparrow and Sprague’s Pipit
States: South Dakota and North Dakota
Milestone: 450,000 acres
Learn more: Northern Plains Grassland Project webpage

Northeast Turtle Project

Northeast Turtles

Target species: Blandings, spotted and wood turtles
States: New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and Vermont
Milestone: 200 sites by FY23
Learn moreNortheast Turtles Project webpage

American Black Duck

American Black Duck

Target species: American black duck
States: Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey
Milestone: 980 acres by FY18
Learn more: American Black Duck Project webpage

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Northern Bobwhite

Target species: Northern bobwhite
States: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia
Learn more: Northern Bobwhite Projects webpage

Bridled Darter

Conasauga River Aquatic Species

Target species: Holiday, bridled and trispot darters
States: Georgia and Tennessee
Milestone: 10,800 acres by FY19
Learn more: Conasauga River Aquatic Species webpage

Yazoo Darter

Yazoo Darter

Target species: Yazoo darter
States: Mississippi
Milestone: 8.5 miles of riparian area restoration by FY21
Learn more: Yazoo Darter Project webpage

Lesser Yellowlegs

Shorebirds of Louisiana Wetlands

Target species: Lesser yellowlegs, buff-breasted and stilt sandpipers, short-billed dowitcher
States: Louisiana
Milestone: 10,000 acres by FY18
Learn more: Shorebirds of Louisiana Wetlands webpage

Colorado River Mussels

Colorado River Mussels

Target species: Five at-risk mussels – fatmucket, golden orb, smooth pimpleback, Texas pimpleback and Texas fawnsfoot
State: Texas
Milestone: 650,000 acres by FY21
Learn more: Colorado River Aquatic Species webpage

Cutthroat Trout

Cutthroat Trout

Target species: Cutthroat trout
State: Colorado
Milestone: 6,500 acres by FY19
Learn more: Cutthroat Trout Project webpage

Greater Prairie-Chicken


Target species: Greater prairie-chicken, American burying beetle
State: Nebraska
Milestone: 20,000 acres by FY17
Learn more: Sandhills Project


Kenai Peninsula Salmon

Kenai Peninsula Salmon

Target species: Sockeye, chinook, chum, pink and coho salmon
State: Alaska
Milestone: 25 miles of riparian area restored by FY20
Learn more: Kenai Peninsula Salmon Project webpage