Conservation

A hunter walks over a hill in a grassland area.
‘North American Grasslands Conservation Act’ Gaining Traction on Capitol Hill

A piece of legislation with large-scale implications currently titled the ‘North American Grasslands Conservation Act’…

Logging machinery stacks cut timber in a private rural forest.
Filling in the Gaps: The Rural Forest Markets Act Would Aid Private Forest Owners, Woodland Upland Birds

Another voluntary incentive program may be coming to the American conservation arena, providing funds for…

A Lesser Prairie Chicken on a lek in Oklahoma
Lesser Prairie-Chicken ESA Listing Proposal Highlights Unmet Goals, Need for Voluntary Private Land Management

The recent dual proposal by the US Fish and Wildlife Service to list the iconic…

A hunter walks through the Arizonan landscape in search of birds.
Landmark Legislation of the 116th Congress and Upland Birds

Congressional leaders passed plenty of high-end conservation bills from 2019-20, but also let two key…

Three pheasants fly away after being flushed in an open field of conservation reserve program land. .
Expansion of CRP Will Support Upland Bird Populations Through Habitat

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announces program increases capacity by 4M acres to increase carbon sequestration, benefit…

Image of large unmapped area of the United States wilderness
The MAPLand Act Looks to Revamp Archaic US Mapping System Creating 21st Century Access

The reintroduced MAPLand Act is a piece of legislation in both houses of Congress that…

a close up of North American grassland style grasses
Types of Grasslands in North America

Learn the types of grasses that form the Great Plains and how these ecosystems relate…

A duck hunter carries his decoys and harvested mallards
Largest National Wildlife Refuge Expansion Proposal in Recent History Accepted by Interior Department

The plan expands refuges by 2.1M acres, open up new hunting opportunities for the first…

A male sage grouse displays on a lek in Wyoming.
The Sage Grouse Crisis has Reached Critical Mass

Sage grouse numbers are worse than we thought, the crisis is symbolic of the American…

Two people walk through a health forest
What Defines a Healthy Forest in North America?

Learn about the importance and definition of maintaining healthy forests in today’s world When most…

A pheasant rooster calls in a field.
What is the Call of the Uplands Initiative?

Uncovering Pheasants Forever’s groundbreaking initiative to save upland birds and habitat WASHINGTON D.C. – The…

A ruffed grouse on a tree limb in a working forest.
Science Can Save the Future of Upland Game

Opening Letter of Spring 2021 Issue of Project Upland Magazine Science-based management is something the…

A sage grouse in Wyoming
Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) and Upland Birds

RAWA will provide key funding to all state’s wildlife action plans, support species of greatest…

A sage grouse standing out in the open Sage Steppe
Impacts of Pipeline Projects on Upland Game Birds

After a hard stance from Biden, the Keystone XL pipeline has been canceled and critical…

Aldo Leopold the conservationist with his hunting dogs.
Aldo Leopold: Wisdom of a Ruffed Grouse Hunter

Understanding Aldo Leopold: a founding father of conservation and passionate ruffed grouse hunter Aldo Leopold…

A health hen photo from 1929
The Unfortunate Story of the Heath Hen (Tympanuchus cupido cupido)

How this Eastern prairie chicken known as the Heath Hen became extinct despite our efforts…

A sage grouse stands on a lek in the snow
The Fight for Sage Grouse with Backcountry Hunters and Anglers

The fight for sage grouse is one of the most critical battlegrounds for upland game…

A wild turkey walks in a field
West Nile Virus Impact on Wild Turkeys

A look into the Wild Turkey West Nile Research Project and the future steps. Until…

A sharp-tailed grouse dances on lek in Wisconsin
Modernizing Sharp-Tailed Grouse Lek Survey Methods

Spying on sharp-tailed grouse with trail cameras in Wisconsin About a year ago, I attended…

Dr. Ben Jones of the Ruffed Grouse Society with an English setter
Ben Jones President and CEO of the Ruffed Grouse Society – Champion of the Bellwether

The Dr. Ben Jones story is bigger than just the ruffed grouse . Ben Jones…

Passenger pigeon vintage bird lithograph - James De Kay, Zoology of NY
The Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon

Learning about bird species extinction from the passenger pigeon Unless you’re pretty conservation-minded, you may…