Pheasants Forever
Incentivizing Grassland Habitat Restoration on Private Working Lands in the Sandhills (NE)
Provide incentives to landowners to enhance wildlife habitat on working lands in the Eastern Nebraska Sandhills by removing invasive cedar, improving grazing infrastructure and restoring habitat with prescribed fire. Project will improve management on 48,922 acres of private working lands, benefiting both cattle and wildlife.

Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
Implement a Radio Telemetry Network in the Great Plains and Chihuahuan Desert to Monitor Grassland Birds (multiple states)
Implement a collaborative network of automated radio telemetry stations throughout the Great Plains and Chihuahuan Desert to monitor the annual cycle of grassland birds, including Baird’s sparrow, Sprague’s pipit and chestnut-collared longspur. Project will initiate this effort by holding webinars to recruit and train partners and develop a plan to track grassland birds across the region, install telemetry stations to track focal species, and deploy tags on focal species.

Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
Monitoring Grassland Bird Population Responses to Investments in the Northern Great Plains (MT, ND, NE, SD, WY)
Continue evaluating and quantifying the impacts of NFWF-funded conservation easement and grazing management projects on priority grassland bird species in the Northern Great Plains. Project will compare density, population size, and trend of priority grassland birds between NFWF projects and controls within the Northern Great Plains region.

Sandhills Task Force
Improving Grassland Habitat by Addressing Invasive Eastern Red Cedar Infestations (NE)
Improve grassland bird and wildlife habitat in Nebraska’s Sandhills on privately owned land by controlling eastern red cedar infestations and improving grazing systems. Project will use prescribed fire, mechanical treatment, remove seed sources and install watering locations to improve 10,000 acres and increase rangeland resiliency for drought and future cedar invasion.