An endangered species, the lesser prairie-chicken is spotted moving across a prairie.
The presence of the lesser prairie-chicken is an indicator of the rangeland health of the southern Great Plains. NRCS works with farmers and ranchers to bring the chicken back and make their operations more resilient to drought.
Photo: Gary Kramer
Farmers and ranchers conserved lesser prairie-chicken habitat on almost 1 million acres! Read more.
The perfect spot to play duck, duck, goose.
Constructed wetlands treating runoff & providing habitat for birds (at Sydney Olympic Park Osmosis)
NRCS works with all types of producers to improve farm operations and conservation.
Kilby’s Dairy Farm reviews conservation plans to make the farm more profitable, meet state and federal regulations, and ensure nutrients stay on her farm and out of the creeks.
NRCS Staff Brings Miss. Needles to Oregon Native Americans
Members of the Puget Salish Tribe in the Northwest are now using Southeastern longleaf pine needles from Mississippi to build baskets, all because of a connection made between two employees of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)—from the Gulf Coast to the West Coast.
NRCS District Conservationist Andrea Mann in Pendleton, Ore. read about Allen Hughes, who is a soil conservation technician in Poplarville, Miss. and a longleaf pine forest enthusiast, on the NRCS employee website. Hughes grew up and continues to live among the pine trees, which produce a needle that Mann learned is an excellent ingredient for basket weaving, a tradition common to many Native American tribes.
So far, he has sent 50 pounds of pine straw—another name for the needles—to Oregon, which he raked in the forest near his home. She paid for the postage and returned the favor by sending him two completed baskets.
As a Native American with ties to the Tuscarora Tribe of the Carolinas, she values the importance of the basket-making tradition. Mann would like to see other tribes start using the pine needles, too. Maybe the availability of longleaf pine needles will spur more tribes to return to this important tradition, she says.