Working Grassland Partnership

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The Working Grassland Partnership (WGP) program promotes livestock grazing as a management tool for improving grassland bird conservation. The WGP provides landowners with voluntary options to help transition expiring Conservation Reserve Program acres into a livestock grazing system that benefits grassland birds. 

WGP offers 10-year agreements with buyback provisions. A 60% cost-share is available on building boundary and cross fencing, water development, well installation, rural water hook-ups, pipeline and water tank installation and other water delivery improvements.

A one-time payment of $5 per acre per year on expired or expiring CRP acres is provided upfront. DU biologists will provide technical assistance on grazing systems and review practices. Land access options are also available through the North Dakota Game and Fish PLOTS program

With WGP, landowners can expect to see increased grassland productivity and condition with improved water quality and soil health. These practices enhance habitat for grassland birds. Livestock operations can see improved sustainability and profitability. 

WGP receives grant funding from North Dakota’s Outdoor Heritage Fund. This state grant program provides funds for projects that include access to public and private lands for outdoor recreation, implementing sustainable farming and ranching management practices, fish and wildlife habitat preservation, and development of parks. 

Partners in this program include Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife program, North Dakota Association of Soil Conservation Districts, and the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. 

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