More than 50 percent of the nation's wetlands have been destroyed. More than 70 percent of the nation's riparian habitats have been lost or significantly degraded, and 95 percent of our tall grass prairie and longleaf pine forests have been lost. Further, less than 2 percent of the nation's rivers remain free flowing.
These are just a few examples of habitat types impacted by human activities as we live, work and build our economy. Consequences of habitat loss include decreases in wildlife populations and many other natural, social, and economic impacts and, ultimately, a decreased quality of life.
To meet these challenges, we work with a myriad of other federal and non-federal partners. In particular, we work closely with USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) to help deliver a variety of conservation programs of the Farm Bill.
Implementation of the 2008 Farm Bill
The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 authorized $25 billion over the following five years (2008-2012) for voluntary, incentive-based agricultural conservation programs. Farmers, ranchers and forest landowners who participate in these programs receive financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices that can benefit fish and wildlife resources.
Through our continuing coordination efforts with NRCS, FSA, State fish and wildlife agencies, and our other conservation partners at the national, regional, state and local levels, we can help the stewards of our nation's private lands take full advantage of the fish and wildlife conservation opportunities provided by the 2008 Farm Bill.
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