In addition to providing recreation and rich habitat, healthy forests are important carbon sinks. By absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, forests create the air we breathe and help to mitigate the effects of climate change.
Under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP), NRCS works with forest landowners across the nation to conserve, restore and enhance forests.
If you’re interested in conservation assistance for your forestland, it’s easy to Get Started with NRCS.
Wetlands function as water filters and provide a place for wildlife to live.
Autumn sunset over freshwater #wetlands (at Kooragang wetlands)
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)