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ON THE HORIZON - Issue 9 - December 2017

Grassland and creek restoration & smiling for conservation. Find out about the latest efforts to conserve the lands, waters and wildlife in the West. 

 

WAFWA has launched a new program to restore degraded rangeland to high quality lesser prairie-chicken habitat and reduce grassland habitat losses. The WAFWA Grassland Restoration and Retention Program will be fueled by voluntary donations from conservation-minded individuals, organizations, businesses and industry. The program will complement other efforts being implemented through the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan and expedite progress towards the plan's goals.

"This is a new tool in our conservation toolbox that will enable us to advance conservation efforts for the lesser prairie-chicken," said J.D. Strong, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Director and Chair of the Lesser Prairie-chicken Initiative Council. "We've received significant support for the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan from industry and landowners, and we've also received support from various entities and conservation partners outside of the range-wide plan. We're hopeful that this new program will provide another way for people who are interested in the bird's long-term survival to get involved in its conservation."

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It seemed an almost impossible task: re-create the historic path of a creek in Crater Lake National Park that was wiped off the landscape more than one hundred years ago. Determined conservation partners, tribal organizations, landowners, corporations and individuals all banded together to make it happen. WAFWA's Western Native Trout Initiative was one of more than two dozen partners who collaborated to re-connect the historic channel between Sun Creek and Wood River to benefit an isolated population of the now-threatened Bull Trout and Interior Redband Trout.

A short film created by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tells the remarkable, inspiring story.

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Did you know that you can support western fish and wildlife conservation at the same time you are checking off items on your holiday gift list? The Foundation for Western Fish and Wildlife is one of the charities supported by AmazonSmile. That means anytime you shop through the AmazonSmile website for eligible items, a portion of the sales price will benefit the foundation. The Foundation for Western Fish and Wildlife is a 501c3 organization affiliated with WAFWA. All funds raised go to support western fish and wildlife conservation programs. All you have to do is go to the AmazonSmile website and designate the Foundation for Western Fish and Wildlife as the recipient of proceeds from your purchases.

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Posted by Carolyn Boyd at 12/6/2017 2:35:00 AM
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