The Indiana DNR
Division of Fish & Wildlife has obtained funding that will contribute to a
new grassland and pollinator habitat development program benefiting private
The “Grasslands for
Gamebirds & Songbirds” (GGS) initiative will employ three full-time
grassland biologists who will provide technical and financial assistance to
private landowners hoping to improve their properties by developing
grassland and pollinator habitat throughout focal regions of the state. This
habitat development will benefit species such as Bobwhite Quail, Ring-necked
Pheasant, Henslow’s Sparrow, and Loggerhead Shrike.
The Indiana DNR was
selected for the funding through the Regional Conservation Partnership
Program (RCPP), which is administered by the Natural Resource Conservation
Service. Once implemented, it will total $1 million. The total budget of the
GGS initiative is $1.83 million. The other funding for the initiative has
been contributed from the initiative’s 33 partners.
“Through the RCPP
project, Indiana landowners will receive assistance to install practices
such as native grasses, pollinators, prescribed burns, tree plantings and
invasive species control that will increase declining bird populations,”
said Jane Hardisty, Indiana NRCS’s state conservationist.
interested in participating in the GGS initiative, or to support the effort,
visit wildlife.IN.gov/ 9467.htm For information, contact Josh Griffin,
private lands program manager with DNR Fish & Wildlife, at (317) 234-9737 or