The Trust has programs that:
- Demonstrate when agriculture and conservation thrive together, agricultural profitability is enhanced and conservation of natural resources and societal benefits are realized.
- Complement and enhance other land protection options currently available.
- Assist beginning farmers and ranchers in acquiring land in exchange for implementing conservation practices.
- Acquire interest in land through easement or fee title acquisition.
- Promote appropriate long-term land use planning and protection of unique or threatened areas, such as along the Missouri River corridor.
- Provide better protection to wetlands and their watersheds by providing incentives to producers for boundary and cross fencing, seeding, wetland restoration and creation.
- Assist with incentives for producers enrolled in certain farm bill programs.
- Provide a better understanding of conservation and agricultural roles in North Dakota’s youth and adults through educational books, demonstrations, tours, workshops, and camps.
The WGP provides landowners with voluntary options to help develop expiring CRP acres into a livestock grazing systems that will also benefit grassland birds.
BDWLP provides cost-share to support project goals and in some cases, where affected land no longer fits in a normal farming practice, to support stewardship practices that enhance farming and ranching through use of Grassland Establishment Incentive Payments