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Fact Sheets


 
August 2011

 
Conservation Reserve Program - State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) Approved Projects

 
Overview

 
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the first projects approved under the continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) initiative in 2008. SAFE, which is a voluntary program available under CRP's continuous sign-up, is designed to address state and regional high-priority wildlife objectives. Producers within a SAFE area can submit offers to voluntarily enroll acres in CRP contracts for 10-15 years. In exchange, producers receive annual CRP rental payments, incentives and cost-share assistance to establish, improve, connect or create higher-quality habitat. Available SAFE acres are allocated to projects approved by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). To date, 839,990 acres have been allocated to 90 approved SAFE projects in 35 states and Puerto Rico. This fact sheet provides a brief summary of each project.

 
Alabama

 
Alabama Black Belt Prairie Restoration SAFE
The goal of the Alabama Black Belt Prairie Restoration SAFE project is to enroll 3,800 acres in CRP to improve native grassland habitats for rare, threatened, endangered and declining species that are dependent on native prairie communities found within the Black Belt Prairie region of Alabama.

 
Arkansas

 
Arkansas Wetlands SAFE
The goal of the Arkansas Wetlands SAFE project is to enroll 3,500 acres in CRP to benefit targeted species to include the bald eagle, American black bear, American black duck and the Mississippi kite. In addition, many species on Arkansas' list of greatest conservation concern in the State Wildlife Action Plan, including habitat needs related to the ivory-billed woodpecker, will benefit from this habitat restoration.

 
Arkansas Trees SAFE
The goal of the Arkansas Trees SAFE project is to enroll 5,000 acres in CRP to restore trees, primarily hardwoods, to create habitat that will benefit the following species: American woodcock, swallow-tailed kite, bald eagle and American black bear.

 
Arkansas Grass SAFE
The goal of the Arkansas Grass SAFE project is to enroll 7,700 acres in CRP to restore early successional habitat that will benefit bobwhite quail. In addition, another 53 species on Arkansas' list of greatest conservation concern in the State Wildlife Action Plan will potentially benefit from this SAFE.

 
Colorado

 
Colorado Lesser Prairie Chicken SAFE
The goal of the Colorado Lesser Prairie Chicken SAFE is to restore and enhance 21,500 acres of short and midgrass sand sagebrush prairie to maintain and enhance lesser prairie chicken populations in Colorado.

 
Colorado Plains Sharp-tailed Grouse SAFE
The goal of the Colorado Plains Sharp-tailed Grouse SAFE is to improve nesting and brood rearing cover for plains sharp-tailed grouse populations in northern Colorado through the re-enrollment and enhancement of 6,475 acres of existing grassland habitat in CRP that serve as critical habitat for the bird's population in the state.

 
Colorado Shortgrass Prairie SAFE
The goal of the Colorado Shortgrass Prairie SAFE is to preserve the integrity and expand the extent of shortgrass prairie managed for wildlife species in eastern Colorado. Project partners hope to accomplish this by enrolling 11,475 acres in CRP.

 
Colorado Western Slope Grouse SAFE
The goal of the Colorado Western Slope Grouse SAFE is to restore and enhance habitat for the Columbian sharp-tailed grouse, greater sage grouse and Gunnison sage-grouse. The program seeks to enroll 12,600 acres in CRP.

 
Georgia

 
Georgia Restoring Native Pine Savanna SAFE
The goal of the Georgia Restoring Native Pine Savanna SAFE is to establish and maintain 8,800 acres of pine savanna habitat for northern bobwhite and other species that depend on native groundcover (grass/forb/shrub) and are in decline.

 
Idaho

 
Idaho Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse SAFE
The goal of the Idaho Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse SAFE is to enroll 94,300 acres in CRP to increase quality grassland, shrub steppe, mountain brush and riparian habitat for the Columbian sharp-tailed grouse.

 
Illinois

 
Illinois Mercer County SAFE
The goal of the Illinois Mercer County Pheasant SAFE is to increase pheasant habitat within the county by 800 acres over a five-year period by enrolling land in CRP. The project emphasizes the establishment of permanent native grasses and forbs that also will benefit other species of upland wildlife.

 
Illinois Prairie Habitat SAFE
The goal of the Illinois Prairie Habitat SAFE is to restore grassland and wetland habitats in upland landscapes occupied by tallgrass prairie and herbaceous wetlands. Enrolling 15,600 acres in CRP will benefit the Massassauga rattlesnake and other wetland prairie species such as Kirkland's watersnake and the northern crawfish frog.

 
Illinois Spoon River SAFE
The goal of the Illinois Spoon River SAFE project is to enroll 3,600 acres in CRP to enhance habitat primarily for pheasants. Other upland game and song bird species also will benefit from the increased acreage of habitat, thus providing increased economic and recreational opportunities.

 
Illinois Sangamon SAFE
The goal of the Illinois Sangamon SAFE project is to enroll 2,000 acres in CRP in Sangamon County, Ill., to benefit northern bobwhite quail and many other grassland species, including four state-listed species: the northern harrier, Franklin's ground squirrel, Kirtland's water snake and the lined snake.

 
Indiana

 
Indiana Bat SAFE
The goal of the Indiana Bat SAFE project is to enroll 3,100 acres in CRP to restore forest habitat and forested riparian habitat for the Indiana bat which occurs throughout the state and is a federally listed endangered species.

 
Indiana Northern Bobwhite SAFE
The goal of the Indiana Northern Bobwhite SAFE project is to enroll 7,875 acres in CRP to restore grassland and shrubland habitats for the northern bobwhite quail. This species has declined significantly throughout the state, as well as the Midwest, and is of significant social and economic value to the people of Indiana.

 
Indiana Henslow's Sparrow SAFE
The goal of the Indiana Henslow's Sparrow SAFE project is to enroll 5,075 acres in CRP to restore grassland habitat for the Henslow's sparrow which is at risk and has suffered significant declines throughout the state and Midwest. More specifically, the project will restore grassland habitat and maintain the cover in a diversity of successional stages and vegetation structure that meets the nesting and brood rearing requirements of the Henslow's sparrow as well as other grassland songbirds.

 
Indiana Sedge Wren/Grasshopper Sparrow SAFE
The goal of the Indiana Sedge Wren/Grasshopper Sparrow SAFE project is to enroll 3,050 acres in CRP to restore wetland and grassland complexes as migratory habitat for shorebirds and nesting habitat for the sedge wren and grasshopper sparrow. Their populations are at risk and have suffered significant population declines. Indiana is a significant migratory corridor for these species.

 
Iowa

 
Iowa Early Successional/Neotropical Birds SAFE
The goal of the Iowa Early Successional/Neotropical Birds SAFE practice is to enroll 1,200 acres in CRP to develop habitat required by numerous bird species that are showing nationwide decline.

 
Iowa Gaining Ground SAFE
The goal of the Iowa Gaining Ground SAFE is to increase populations of ring-necked pheasant, dickcissel, bobolink and eastern meadowlark by enrolling 36,250 acres in CRP. The project seeks to enhance native plant communities in buffers around and near existing remnants of native prairie.

 
Iowa Grand River SAFE
The goal of the Iowa Grand River SAFE is to restore native habitat for five grassland-dependant bird species of greatest conservation need in the Kellerton Bird Conservation Area in southeast Ringgold County. This will be accomplished by enrolling 2,200 acres of cropland or other acreage in CRP to create higher quality native grasslands.

 
Kansas

 
Kansas Upland Game Birds SAFE
The goal of the Kansas Upland Game Birds SAFE project is to improve populations of bobwhite quail and other grassland-associated wildlife by creating nesting/brood-rearing habitat on portions of crop fields. This SAFE effort will establish and maintain 30,100 acres in CRP consisting of diverse native grass and forb cover. Quail, pheasant and other grassland birds are species that will benefit from SAFE enrollments.

 
Kansas Lesser Prairie Chicken Habitat SAFE
The goal of the Kansas Lesser Prairie Chicken Habitat SAFE project is to enroll 30,000 acres in CRP to restore mixed-grass prairies to maintain and enhance lesser prairie chicken populations. The lesser prairie chicken is a candidate for federal listing as a threatened or endangered species.
Kentucky

 
Kentucky Early Successional and Bottomland Hardwood Restoration SAFE
The goal of the Kentucky Early Successional and Bottomland Hardwood Restoration SAFE project is to enroll 8,600 acres in CRP to benefit the northern bobwhite quail, which is a species that has suffered significant population decline throughout the state and is of significant social and economic value to the people of Kentucky.

 
Louisiana

 
Louisiana Gulf Coast Prairies SAFE
The goal of the Louisiana Gulf Coast Prairies SAFE project is to enroll 1,000 acres in CRP to restore grassland and shallow water habitats in the Gulf Coast Prairies region of Louisiana.

 
Louisiana Bayou Bartholomew SAFE
The goal of the Louisiana Bayou Bartholomew SAFE project is to identify, protect and restore critical examples of quality mussel and bald eagle habitat known to occur in the Bayou Bartholomew Watershed by enrolling 700 acres in CRP. The project will restore targeted areas to bottomland hardwood, native grasses and riparian buffers.

 
Maine

 
Maine New England Cottontail SAFE
The goal of the Maine New England Cottontail SAFE project is to restore New England cottontail rabbit habitat in York and Cumberland counties in Maine. The historic range of this species of rabbit is estimated to have shrunk by over 83 percent.

 
Maine Upland Sandpiper SAFE
The goal of the Maine Upland Sandpiper SAFE project is to enroll 2,250 acres to develop and maintain nesting and brood-rearing habitat for at-risk grassland birds and restore or enhance grassland vegetation for upland sandpipers, bobolinks and meadowlarks.

 
Michigan

 
Michigan Diverse Grassland SAFE
The Michigan Diverse Grassland SAFE seeks to enroll 7,500 acres of diverse native grassland to benefit a variety of rare or declining species and species of significant importance. The project area is the lower peninsula of Michigan.

 
Michigan Native Pollinators SAFE
The goal of the Michigan Native Pollinators SAFE is to enroll 2,500 acres of practices over the next five years to benefit native pollinators. These practices will consist of grasslands which provide diverse sources of nectar and pollen along with bare soil patches for ground nesting pollinators. Bees, butterflies and moths are among the pollinators that will benefit.

 
Minnesota

 
Minnesota Back Forty SAFE
The goal of the Minnesota Back Forty SAFE project is to enroll 33,900 acres to restore and enhance habitat for ring-necked pheasant populations. The project seeks to build upon existing habitats to enhance waterfowl, greater prairie chicken and grassland bird populations.

 
Mississippi

 
Mississippi Black Bear SAFE
The goal of the Mississippi Black Bear SAFE project is to enroll 2,450 acres to increase habitat for the federally threatened Louisiana black bear and the state-endangered American black bear. The project seeks to restore native bottomland hardwood forests in portions of the Mississippi Alluvial Valley, which has been identified as an important zone for black bear recovery.

 
Mississippi Black Belt SAFE
The goal of the Mississippi Black Belt SAFE is to enroll 5,000 acres in CRP to increase native grassland habitats for rare, threatened, endangered and declining species in the Black Belt Prairie region of Mississippi.

 
Mississippi Bobwhite Quail SAFE
The goal of the Mississippi Bobwhite Quail SAFE is to enroll 9,450 acres to increase native grassland habitats in Mississippi for northern bobwhite quail populations within three years by restoring quality native grassland habitat.

 
Missouri

 
Missouri Bobwhite Quail SAFE
The goal of the Missouri Bobwhite Quail SAFE project is to enroll 17,650 acres in CRP to provide nesting and brood-rearing habitat necessary for bobwhite quail. The project will provide and maintain 25 percent of bare ground for quail brood-rearing, which research has shown is needed to sustain optimum bobwhite quail populations.

 
Missouri Sand Grassland SAFE
The goal of the Missouri Sand Grassland SAFE project is to enroll 3,250 acres in CRP to restore sand prairie, sand woodland and sand savannas in specific land-type associations in Southeast Missouri with unique sandy soils, benefiting state endangered and state species of conservation concern, including the Illinois chorus frog, eastern spadefoot toad and northern bobwhite.

 
Missouri Nesting Habitat SAFE
The goal of the Missouri Nesting Habitat SAFE project is to enroll 1,500 acres in CRP within six Missouri Conservation Opportunity Areas to significantly increase available nesting habitat to benefit the state endangered greater prairie-chicken and other grassland-dependent birds.

 
Montana

 
Montana Pheasant Winter Cover SAFE
The goal of the Montana Pheasant Winter Cover SAFE is to enroll 15,200 acres to provide blocks of grass or shrub cover for ring-necked pheasant and other upland birds near existing permanent winter cover.

 
Montana Prairie Pothole SAFE
The goal of the Montana Prairie Pothole SAFE is to enroll 8,500 acres to expand habitat for ducks, ring-necked pheasant, Hungarian (gray) partridge, native sharp-tailed grouse and neotropical birds by supplementing existing habitat by seeding herbaceous vegetation in areas of high wetland densities or areas adjacent to semi-permanent wetlands.

 
Montana Sagebrush SAFE
The goal of the Montana Sagebrush SAFE is to enroll 1,000 acres to restore cropland to sagebrush habitat suitable for a variety of wildlife, including sage grouse and other sagebrush obligate birds such as sage sparrow and sage thrasher.

 
Nebraska

 
Nebraska Tallgrass SAFE
The goal of the Nebraska Tallgrass SAFE is to enroll 21,450 acres to expand habitat in the Nebraska tallgrass prairie region for greater prairie chickens.

 
Nebraska Upland Birds SAFE
The goal of the Nebraska Upland Birds SAFE is to enroll 30,950 acres to enhance habitat for upland wildlife such as upland game birds, including northern bobwhite quail and ring-necked pheasant.

 
New Jersey

 
New Jersey Grassland SAFE
The goal of the New Jersey Grassland SAFE project is to enroll 400 acres in CRP to benefit rare and declining grassland-dependent birds across New Jersey, such as bobolink, vesper sparrow, eastern meadowlark, northern bobwhite quail, grasshopper and savannah sparrows, and upland sandpiper.

 
New Jersey Raritan-Piedmont SAFE
The goal of the New Jersey Raritan-Piedmont SAFE project is to enroll 300 acres in CRP to benefit grassland birds by protecting and restoring habitat.

 
New Jersey Agricultural Heritage SAFE
The goal of the New Jersey Agricultural Heritage SAFE project is to enroll 300 acres in CRP to benefit grassland nesting birds by restoring native warm- and cool-season grasslands embedded within large agricultural landscapes.

 
New Mexico

 
New Mexico Lesser Prairie Chicken SAFE
The goal of the New Mexico Lesser Prairie Chicken SAFE project is to enroll 2,600 acres in CRP in the eastern part of the state to benefit the lesser prairie chicken by restoring native grasslands for breeding and brood-rearing. In eastern New Mexico, this bird and other species have been petitioned for listing under the Endangered Species Act.

 
New York

 
New York Grassland SAFE
The goal of the New York Grassland SAFE project is to enroll 4,900 acres in CRP to benefit grassland birds such as the grasshopper sparrow, Vesper's sparrow, Henslow's sparrow, eastern meadowlark, horned lark, northern harrier, savannah sparrow, sedge wren, upland sandpiper, bobolink, short-eared owl and barn owl.

 
North Carolina

 
North Carolina Grassland SAFE
The goal of the North Carolina Grassland SAFE is to enroll 2,600 acres devoted to early successional habitat to benefit several grassland bird species identified as high-priority. These species include northern bobwhite, loggerhead shrike, grasshopper sparrow, eastern kingbird, eastern meadowlark, common yellowthroat and field sparrow.

 
North Dakota

 
North Dakota Coteau-Drift SAFE
The goal of the North Dakota Coteau-Drift SAFE project is to enroll 20,000 acres in the Missouri Plateau and Drift Prairie region to maintain and increase habitat for priority species of waterfowl, water birds, shorebirds and terrestrial birds..

 
North Dakota Sagebrush SAFE
The goal of the North Dakota Sagebrush SAFE is to enroll 1,000 acres to increase sage grouse populations by restoring cropland to sagebrush habitat. This ecosystem is suitable for sage grouse and other sagebrush birds such as sage sparrow, sage thrasher, sharp-tailed grouse, grey partridge and mule deer.

 
North Dakota Tallgrass SAFE
The goal of the North Dakota Tallgrass SAFE is to enroll 6,090 acres to restore cropland to native tall-grass prairie habitat to maintain and increase greater prairie-chicken and sharp-tailed grouse populations in the project area.

 
North Dakota Habitat for Pheasants SAFE
The goal of the North Dakota Habitat for Pheasants SAFE is to enroll 18,000 acres of habitat for economically significant species such as ring-necked pheasants, sharp-tailed grouse, Hungarian partridge, waterfowl, big game and other non-game species.

 
Ohio

 
Ohio Big Island/Killdeer SAFE
The goal of the Ohio Big Island/Killdeer SAFE project is to restore 925 acres of native grasslands, prairies and wetlands to benefit pollinators and grassland dependent migratory bird species.

 
Ohio Grand River/Mosquito SAFE
The goal of the Ohio Grand River/Mosquito SAFE project is to restore native grasslands, prairies and wetlands to benefit pollinators and grassland dependent and migratory bird species.

 
Ohio Killbuck SAFE
The goal of the Ohio Killbuck SAFE project is to restore native grasslands, prairies and wetlands to benefit pollinators and grassland dependent migratory bird species.

 
Ohio Kitty Todd SAFE
The goal of the Ohio Kitty Todd SAFE project is to restore 200 acres of native grasslands, prairies and wetlands to benefit pollinators, including Karner blue butterfly and grassland dependent migratory bird species.

 
Ohio LaSuAn Grasslands SAFE
The goal of the Ohio LaSuAn Grasslands SAFE project is to restore 2,400 acres of native grasslands, prairies and wetlands to benefit pollinators, waterfowl and grassland dependent migratory bird species.

 
Ohio Paint Creek SAFE
The goal of the Ohio Paint Creek SAFE project is to restore 675 acres of native grasslands, prairies and wetlands to benefit pollinators and grassland-dependent bird species.

 
Ohio Western Lake Erie Marshes SAFE
The goal of the Western Lake Erie Marshes SAFE project is to restore 400 acres of native grasslands, prairies and wetlands to benefit pollinators, waterfowl and grassland-dependent bird species.

 
Ohio Grassland Bird SAFE
The goal of the Ohio Grassland Bird SAFE project is to restore 850 acres of native grasslands, prairies and wetlands to benefit pollinators and grassland-dependent bird species.

 
Ohio Grasslands for Pheasants SAFE
The goal for the Ohio Grasslands for Pheasants SAFE project is enroll 6,150 acres to either create high-quality pheasant habitat or rehabilitate habitat suitable primarily for pheasants, and secondarily, other grassland birds including game species that are threatened, endangered or in decline.

 
Oklahoma

 
Oklahoma Mixed Grass Prairie SAFE
The goal of the Oklahoma Mixed Grass Prairie SAFE project is to enroll 15,100 acres in CRP to restore mixed-grass prairie type associations in northwestern Oklahoma to benefit northern bobwhite, Cassin's sparrow and other grassland birds.

 
Oregon

 
Oregon Heppner Mule Deer SAFE
The goal of the Oregon Heppner Mule Deer Safe is to enroll 5,500 acres of high-quality mule deer forage in the northern foothills of the Heppner Big Game Management Unit. Additionally, the habitat created in many of these CRP stands can provide benefits for multiple species including Rocky Mountain elk, pheasants, Hungarian partridge, chukar, and many grassland obligate bird species.

 
Pennsylvania

 
Pennsylvania Seasonal Pools/Early Successional/Grass SAFE
The goal of the Pennsylvania Seasonal Pools/Early Successional/Grass SAFE project is to enroll 2,600 acres in CRP to improve habitat for and populations of sensitive wildlife identified in the Pennsylvania State Wildlife Action Plan.

 
Puerto Rico

 
Puerto Rico Sub-Tropical Forest SAFE
The goal of the Puerto Rico Sub-Tropical Forest SAFE project is to enroll 1,300 acres to improve, connect or restore healthier quality habitat and to promote healthier ecosystems. The project will benefit high priority species including Puerto Rican boa, Puerto Rican sharp-shinned hawk, Puerto Rican pigeon, Puerto Rican rock frog and candidate specie Elfin-woods warbler.

 
South Carolina

 
South Carolina Restoring Native Grasses SAFE
The goal of the South Carolina Restoring Native Grasses SAFE is to enroll 2,300 acres to increase early successional habitat in Allendale, Bamberg and Barnwell counties to benefit birds in decline.

 
South Dakota

 
South Dakota Sagebrush SAFE
The goal of the South Dakota Sagebrush SAFE project is to enroll 500 acres in CRP to benefit the sage grouse population by restoring cropland to sagebrush habitat suitable for sage grouse and other sagebrush obligate birds such as sage sparrows and sage thrashers.

 
South Dakota Pheasants SAFE
The goal of the South Dakota Pheasants SAFE project is to enroll 50,200 acres in CRP to provide block grass acreages for ring-necked pheasants and other upland birds in the form of nesting, brood-rearing, winter-roosting and escape cover. This will help increase the overall population of ring-necked pheasants and other economically significant species such as sharp-tailed grouse, prairie chicken and upland nesting ducks.

 
South Dakota Western SD Grassland Wildlife Habitat
The goal of the South Dakota Western SD Grassland Wildlife Habitat SAFE project is to enroll 18,000 acres of habitat critical to declining grassland birds native to western South Dakota. Some of the targeted species include the short-eared owl, grasshopper sparrow, dickcissel, bobolink, sharp-tailed grouse, long-billed curlew and upland nesting waterfowl.

 
Tennessee

 
Tennessee Wetlands SAFE
The goal of the Tennessee Wetlands SAFE project is to enroll 400 acres in CRP to restore high-quality wetlands habitat that will provide high-quality breeding, feeding and winter habitats necessary to waterfowl, shorebirds, amphibians, reptiles, crustaceans and other wetlands wildlife.

 
Tennessee Trees SAFE
The goal of the Tennessee Trees SAFE project is to enroll 300 acres in CRP to establish high quality bottomland hardwoods on wetlands that are important not only for waterfowl but eventually (upon greater maturity) for many forest-dependent songbirds, amphibians and reptiles.

 
Tennessee Grass SAFE
The goal of the Tennessee Grass SAFE project is to enroll 10,000 acres in CRP to develop critical habitats that will provide high-quality nesting, brood-rearing and protective woody cover and winter habitats necessary for bobwhite quail and other declining wildlife species that depend on native "early successional" type habitats and travel corridors between habitat blocks.

 
Texas

 
Texas Gulf Coast Prairies SAFE
The goal of the Texas Gulf Coast Prairies SAFE is to enroll 500 acres to restore grassland and shallow water habitats in the Gulf Coast Prairie region of Texas for a variety of bird species.

 
Texas Lower Rio Grande Thornscrub SAFE
The Texas Lower Rio Grande Thornscrub SAFE seeks to enroll 2,000 acres to restore Tamaulipan thornscrub habitat for the endangered ocelot and other wildlife species.

 
Texas Mixed Grass SAFE
The goal of the Texas Mixed Grass SAFE project is to enroll 78,400 acres in CRP to reconnect geographically and reproductively isolated populations of lesser prairie chickens by creating native mixed grass prairie and travel corridors.

 
Virginia

 
Virginia Culpeper Basin SAFE
The goal of the Virginia Culpeper Basin SAFE is to enroll 500 acres to restore native trees, shrubs and warm season grasses for grass and shrubland-dependent bird habitats along the Rappahannock and Rapidan Rivers, as well as upland habitat adjacent to their tributaries.

 
Virginia Longleaf Pine SAFE
The goal of the Virginia Longleaf Pine SAFE is to enroll 1,000 acres to re-establish longleaf pine stands in more than two dozen Virginia counties that benefit a variety of wildlife. The project seeks to increase habitat for red-cockaded woodpecker, Bachman's sparrow and redheaded woodpecker.

 
Virginia Rare & Declining Habitats SAFE
The goal of the Virginia Rare & Declining Habitats SAFE project is to enroll 300 acres to restore migratory bird habitat. This project will use native hardwood trees, shrubs and grasses to restore and maintain habitats along the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

 
Virginia Riparian Buffer SAFE
The goal of the Virginia Riparian Buffer SAFE is to enroll 500 acres to expand riparian forest buffers for interior forest and riparian birds, as well as other wildlife. The project will establish forest buffers using native hardwood tree plantings and control invasive species through various land management techniques.

 
Washington

 
Washington Coastal Roosevelt Elk SAFE
The goal of the Washington Coastal Roosevelt Elk SAFE project is to increase habitat for the declining Olympic elk herd. Elk herds throughout the Olympic Peninsula have declined by 30 percent due to increased mortality or decreased productivity from declining habitat quality and quantity.

 
Washington Columbia Basin SAFE
The goal of the Washington Columbia Basin SAFE project is to enroll 150 acres to benefit ring-necked pheasant and California quail. In addition, the project will benefit at-risk species such as the burrowing owl and Washington ground squirrel, which are known to inhabit irrigated circle corners and other unfarmed areas.

 
Washington Palouse Prairie SAFE
The goal of the Washington Palouse Prairie SAFE is to enroll 728 acres to improve and increase Palouse Prairie habitat for a variety of wildlife species by re-establishing diverse stands of grasses, forbs and shrubs. Converting cropland to fields and corridors of permanent native plant communities will benefit wildlife species, including at-risk wildlife, such as grassland- and shrubland-nesting birds, and native pollinators.

 
Washington Shrub-steppe SAFE
The goal of the eastern Washington Shrub-steppe SAFE is to enroll 7,322 acres to benefit shrub-steppe bird species that have declined because of ongoing habitat loss and fragmentation throughout the West. These are the at-risk species with federal or state listing status that use the land in the project area: sharp-tailed grouse, sage grouse, sage sparrow, sage thrasher and loggerhead shrike. The grasshopper sparrow, savannah sparrow and Brewer's sparrow will benefit from the SAFE project.

 
Washington Sage and Sharp-tailed Grouse
The goal of the Washington Sage and Sharp-tailed Grouse SAFE is to enroll 63,000 acres to benefit native prairie grouse and other shrub-steppe wildlife species that have declined because of ongoing habitat loss and fragmentation throughout the West.

 
Wisconsin

 
Wisconsin Glacial SAFE
The goal of the Wisconsin Glacial SAFE is to establish a mosaic of grasslands and wetlands in a predominately agricultural landscape by enrolling 2,250 acres. This will result in more favorable habitat conditions for self-sustaining populations of waterfowl, pheasants and grassland songbirds.

 
Wisconsin Shortgrass SAFE
The goal of the Wisconsin Shortgrass SAFE is to increase Karner Blue butterfly habitat by enrolling 2,000 acres of shortgrass prairie. Karner Blue butterfly habitat requires a certain degree of disturbance to maintain a stable system, particularly for the larva's sole food source, wild blue lupine. The project will enhance the understanding of wild blue lupine establishment, linking Karner Blue butterfly use and occupation with short-grass prairie restoration and enhancement in the project area.

 
Wisconsin Southwest Grassland SAFE
The goal of the Wisconsin Southwest Grassland SAFE is to restore and maintain 4,000 acres of grassland and prairie habitat for 14 bird species of greatest conservation need in Wisconsin.

 
Wisconsin Central Grassland SAFE
The goal of the Wisconsin Central Grassland SAFE is to enroll 2,000 acres to restore native mid-shortgrass and wetland habitats for four species of neotropical migrant songbirds: Henslow's sparrow, grasshopper sparrow, sedge wren and bobolink.

 
Wisconsin Western Prairie SAFE
The goal of the Wisconsin Western Prairie SAFE is to benefit grassland-dependent species of greatest conservation need (SGCN) by maintaining 2,500 acres of current grassland, while establishing new acres of native and introduced grasses, and native perennial legumes.

 
Wyoming

 
Wyoming Northeast Wyoming Habitat Restoration Area
The goal of the Wyoming Northeast Wyoming Habitat Restoration Area SAFE project is to enroll 10,000 acres to create, enhance or restore critical habitat by the conversion of cropland to permanent introduced or native perennial plant communities. This habitat restoration will help restore cropland to early-seral/early-successional stage habitats and grassland, such as sagebrush habitats suitable for sage grouse, sharp-tailed grouse, grey partridge, ducks, geese, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, wild turkeys and small mammals.

 
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