Habitat & Conservation  |  06/16/2021

Podcast Ep. 122: The New Great Plains Grasslands Initiative with NRCS

Working Lands for Wildlife is the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s premier approach for conserving America’s working lands to benefit people, wildlife, and rural communities.  This innovative approach is expanding into America’s Great Plains to restore and protect the critical grasslands there.  Host Bob St.Pierre is joined by Tim Griffiths, NRCS’s Western Regional Coordinator; Dean Krehbiel, NRCS’s State Resources Conservationist for Kansas; and Chris McLeland, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s Midwest Director of Conservation Delivery for this conversation about landscape-level grasslands conservation.

Episode Highlights:
  • Griffiths is as enthusiastic and knowledgeable conservationist as there is out there in the United States.  He’s leading this innovative approach to restoring grasslands in collaboration with America’s farmers and ranchers across the Great Plains. 
  • McLeland offers a unique perspective throughout the conversation as a biologist for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever who also ranches cattle for beef. 
  • Kansas is the first state to kick off the Great Plains Grasslands Initiative and Krehbiel offers insight into the state’s thought process and progress. 
Learn more about the Great Plains Grasslands Initiative at wlfw.rangelands.app