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Grassland Birds Do Better on Private Lands.

Cunningham, Mary Ann.

Farmland set-aside programs are known to provide wildlife habitat in agricultural regions. Little is known, however, about how retired farm fields compare to publicly owned grasslands managed as wildlife habitat. If farm set-aside programs like the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) were to end tomorrow, how well would wildlife survive on available public lands? In order to answer this question, this 1999 study compared wildlife habitat in private and public grasslands in southern Minnesota. Using songbirds as indicators of the quality and quantity of grassland habitat, the study comes to a surprising conclusion: acre for acre, privately owned grasslands provide better habitat for grassland-nesting songbirds than publicly owned lands. These results suggest the vital role farm set-aside programs play in wildlife conservation.

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
Supported in part by CURA's John R. Borchert Fellowship.
30 (2): 1-9
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Reporter 30 (2)

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