Buffering Georgia with Creativity and Federal Programs
Johnson, Andrew P.
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Conservation buffers have struck a chord among the conservation community, to the point that the USDA's National Conservation Buffer Initiative Team grew quickly to 9 federal agencies, a National Conservation Buffer Council of agribusiness, and over 75 nonprofit agricultural and environmental organizations. This paper provides a discussion of the tools available through the USDA and its conservation partnerships for the promotion and installation of conservation buffers in Georgia. We have much work to do, but between available programs, a strong conservation delivery team spearheaded by the Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the NRCS, and an especially healthy partnership of wildlife, conservation, and agricultural agencies and organizations, the time is right and the outlook good.