Working Trees For Wildlife

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Working Trees For Wildlife

Agroforestry provides many options for landowners to create wildlife habitat that is mutually beneficial. (6 pages)



In the United States, wildlife habitat continues to be displaced and fragmented by both rural and urban development. Agricultural systems intensify and become more consolidated. Cities and towns expand, especially with new residential construction. However, apart from excavating a den or weaving a nest, most wildlife do not create their own habitat. They make do with what nature provides or, increasingly, with what humans leave.;

Most agroforestry practices can be intentionally designed to restore and optimize wildlife habitat. Even when practices are primarily designed for economic purposes, substantial wildlife benefits can still occur. Most USDA Farm Bill programs programs can help landowners establish one or several agroforestry practices to provide food, shelter, and travel corridors for wildlife.

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About Agroforestry

Agroforestry intentionally combines agriculture and forestry to create integrated and sustainable land-use systems. Agroforestry takes advantage of the interactive benefits from combining trees and shrubs with crops and/or livestock. Agroforestry practices include:

About the NAC

The USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC) had its origins in the 1990 Farm Bill. It began as a Forest Service Research and State & Private Forestry effort in 1992 and expanded into a partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in 1995. It is administered by the Forest Service's, Washington, DC, Office of Research and Development. NAC offices are located in Lincoln, Nebraska.

NAC accelerates the application of agroforestry through a national network of partners. Together, we conduct research, develop technologies and tools, coordinate demonstrations and training, and provide useful information to natural resource professionals.

About Working Trees

The right trees planted in the right places for the right reasons can add value to land-use systems. That's the Working Trees message that helps natural resource professionals, community leaders, and landowners identify with the concept of agroforestry. NAC uses the Working Trees theme to promote the development of sustainable agriculture and communities.


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