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Defending Habitat

Private Lands

Private Lands

Nearly 70 percent of the contiguous United States is privately held as agricultural land, rangeland, private forests, developed areas and open space. Private lands are extremely important for wildlife and ecosystem conservation, supporting more than two-thirds of the species listed under the ESA with ten percent of listed species occurring only on private lands. These lands also disproportionately support the —tall and shortgrass prairie, longleaf pine forests, and bottomland hardwood forests. Our experts work with federal, state and local agencies, as well as private landowners to identify and then conserve and manage important private lands for the benefit of fish and wildlife through the development and implementation of habitat conservation plans and other conservation plans. We also work with farmers and ranchers to provide habitat for migratory birds and other imperiled wildlife, aquatic species and other imperiled wildlife.