Just as restoration goes beyond trees, its benefits extend beyond forests. Successful restoration generates a wide range of benefits, not only the quantity and quality of forests, but also greater food security, better air and water quality, resilience to climate change, job creation and more. The success of private land conservation was evident this year when we witnessed how it played a crucial role in the rebound of species across the country, from the Louisiana black bear to the Oregon chub, and from the New England whitetail to the river arctic grayling. Farmers have also been able to preserve the Western lifestyle and improve agricultural production, while protecting the common grouse.
We commend the USDA-NRCS for continuing its efforts to improve wildlife habitats for wildlife while benefiting private landowners and their lands.