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Landscape Conservation Cooperative announces funding

The Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative recently announced $50,000 in funding to support research assessing landowner's attitudes toward and motivations for participating in conservation programs beneficial to wildlife. This research will generate insights on the socioeconomic drivers for conservation within the agricultural communities of the nation's Corn Belt.

"The extensive conversion of native prairie to agricultural land in our nation's heartland has motivated conservation leaders to work side by side with farmers, ranchers and private landowners to address 21st century conservation challenges," said Glen Salmon, Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC coordinator. "This research is a catalyst to creating a dialogue between the federal, state and non-governmental conservation groups and agricultural communities about sustainable land-use practices, water quality, and habitat conservation."

Focus group research will be conducted through an interagency agreement between the Department of Interior's U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Research is expected to begin in spring 2013 with final publication of results in summer 2014.

The Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC is dedicated to addressing the conservation challenges of a predominantly agricultural landscape that stretches across the nation's heartland from southwest Ohio westward across to parts of eastern Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska and northward into segments of Iowa, South Dakota and Minnesota. For more information on this LCC, visit http://www.tallgrassprairielcc.org.

Landscape Conservation Cooperatives address large-scale natural resource challenges that transcend political and jurisdictional boundaries and require a networked approach to conservation--holistic, collaborative, and grounded in science--to ensure the sustainability of America's land, water, wildlife and cultural resources. For more information about LCCs, visit www.fws.gov/landscape-conservation/lcc.html.

Date: 9-24-2012

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