This workshop will demonstrate how land trusts of any size can access federal funds to conserve wildlife. With two-thirds of land in the Lower 48 under private ownership, many imperiled species depend on private land. As stewards of 56 million acres of private land, land trusts are well-positioned to be leaders in stemming the biodiversity crisis. Defenders of Wildlife will demonstrate a key that matches federal programs with goals that a land trust may have to address their unique wildlife conservation needs. The US Fish and Wildlife Service will describe how land trusts of any size can engage with the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, Coastal Program, and National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grants Program. The Woodlands Conservancy in Louisiana will provide a case study of a land trust with only two full-time staff who secured funds from several federal programs, such as the USDA Conservation Stewardship Program, for habitat enhancement. The Land Trust for Louisiana will provide a case study of a land trust with only two full-time staff who, in partnership with The Conservation Fund, will implement Louisiana's first Agricultural Land Easement through USDA's Agricultural Conservation Easement Program to conserve a large rice farm for bird species of conservation concern. After this workshop, participants should be able to:
- Identify opportunities for land trusts and federal agencies to partner in wildlife conservation
- Understand the basics of developing competitive applications for federal funds
- Understand how land trusts with small staffs can navigate federal requirements and processes for meaningful partnerships.