Conservation Update: How To Make A Farm Friendly to Wildlife

11-03-2011 // Bob Marshall

This is an excerpt from Field & Stream.

Future-Friendly Farming Report Just in Time

With Congress likely to chop funding for conservation sections of the Farm Bill, the timing couldn't be better for a new report from the National Wildlife Federation on wildlife-friendly farming practices. "Future Friendly Farming: Seven Agricultural Practices to Sustain People and the Environment" centers on these principles:

  • Cover crops increase water management capacity, reduce erosion and nutrient loss, and improve wildlife habitat.
  • Conservation tillage reduces erosion while increasing nesting cover for birds and wildlife.
  • Organic farming eliminates chemical use, increases soil fertility and increases wildlife habitat.
  • Grassland management boosts soil fertility, biodiversity, and grassland ecosystem health.
  • Forest management increases soil fertility and biodiversity.
  • Anaerobic digesters reduce threats to water quality and provide local renewable electric and thermal energy.
  • Retaining and returning land to native ecosystems increases biodiversity, wildlife habitat, and improves water quality. While aimed at large landowners, many of the steps can be used even in backyards and on hunting leases.

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