Endangered whooping cranes—and the seasonal wetlands they rely upon during migration—are in jeopardy. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking to undermine the Farm Bill’s wetland conservation provisions, laws that protect the Prairie Pothole Region of the Northern Great Plains, and other seasonal wetlands.
Put simply, federal law requires that farmers conserve wetlands on their property if they wish to remain eligible for federal subsidies and assistance. But the administration is proposing a rule that would ignore the presence of a large proportion of wetlands, especially those most important to migratory waterbirds and breeding ducks, allowing farmers to drain these wetlands and still receive subsidies.
Without these wetland protections, farmers could destroy thousands of acres of habitat for whooping cranes, ducks, and a variety of migratory birds.
Speak out before it’s too late: Tell the U.S. Department of Agriculture to follow the law, as written, and continue protections for all wetlands, including seasonal wetlands that are critically important to wildlife, water quality and flood control.