Grassland Wildlife Habitat In Texas, Oklahoma Get Boost From Federal Funding
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -(Ammoland.com)- The oaks and prairies region of central Texas and Oklahoma and the wildlife it supports received good news as 2016 came to a close.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service selected the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture to receive federal funding through the USDA’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program, which was created under the 2014 Farm Bill.
According to Gene Miller, NWTF district biologist for west Texas and Oklahoma, the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture partners will receive $2.9 million to address significant declines in grassland wildlife populations and the loss of natural water-cycle conditions through the improvement and restoration of native grassland habitats in the Southern Great Plains.
“This will result in restored grassland habitat for declining bird species like northern bobwhite, and will greatly benefit wild turkey and white-tailed deer populations, especially in the oak savannah woodland portion of this project area,” Miller said. “With private landowner and partner dollars, we will spend a total of $6 million on this effort to benefit grasslands over the next five years,” he added.
The joint venture will administer the grant through their Grassland Restoration Incentive Program, or GRIP. This program …Read the Rest