Private Lands Subcommittee:
Increasing Biological Capacity to Deliver Farm Bill Conservation Programs
Strong concensus exists within the wildlife community and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) that wildlife conservation results achieved through the Farm Bill are strongly correlated with the biological capacity at the local level (e.g., NRCS biologists, cost-shared Farm Bill biologists, etc.). That national agricultural policy favoring wildlife conservation is as successful as the local delivery capacity.
Biologists accelerate fish and wildlife conservation by:
The results are very clear: The Farm Bill conservation programs are most successful for wildlife where we have boots on the ground in the form of biological technical assistance capacity -- be it internal or through partners.
The following documents explain more about the current supply and demand for biological capacity for successful delivery of the Farm Bill. Recommendations are also presented on how to develop additional biological capacity to deliver the Farm Bill's conservation programs and thereby acheive important wildlife conservation goals.