The National Deer Association (NDA) has joined a coalition of ten of the nation’s leading conservation organizations to unveil the largest grasslands legislative effort in history: The North American Grasslands Conservation Act. Since 2007, more than 50 million acres of grasslands have vanished. Fighting to reverse the precipitous declines of iconic grassland birds (53%) and pollinators (80%), the North American Grasslands Conservation Act creates a clear vision for the future of fish & wildlife, public lands, agricultural & ranching communities, climate resiliency, and ecosystem health.
Collectively, we’re calling on Congress to implement a new policy and allocate millions of dollars of investments toward voluntary conservation initiatives targeting America’s grasslands and sagebrush.
Now we need your voice to #ActForGrasslands – join 1 million members with an outpouring of support and advocacy by contacting Congress now. CLICK HERE to quickly get in touch with your federal lawmakers.
Modeled after the highly effective North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), this new concept would direct $350 million in funding to restore and conserve what remains of the most threatened ecosystem on the planet – the shrublands, sage steppe, savannahs, tallgrass prairies, and shortgrass prairies – while working with private landowners, whose farms and ranches are key to the success of North America’s grassland biome.
Undoubtedly, deer species across North America rely on healthy, intact grassland ecosystems. The NDA exists to ensure the future of wild deer, wildlife habitat and hunting, and we couldn’t achieve any of the three without grasslands and sagebrush and the benefits they offer. Deer hunters know that these landscapes offer incredibly productive deer habitat, producing huge volumes of outstanding forage and the cover necessary to evade predators and raise fawns.
If you love grasslands, sagebrush, and the deer and other wildlife that live in our critical uplands, please rise up and make yourself heard. Time, talent, or treasure – we all have something to give and the time to act is NOW. Learn more and engage at www.ActForGrasslands.org.
Director of Policy