The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 3, 2013

Landowners sought for bird conservation plan

The Associated Press

— The federal government is looking for West Virginia landowners to help keep the golden-winged warbler off the endangered species list.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service is administering a $33 million incentive program to protect seven selected species. One of them is the golden-winged warbler, a migratory bird that’s declining in population, especially across West Virginia. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the east central and southeastern parts of the state offer proper habitat.

The department says tracts of three to five acres or more which are bordered by about 75 percent forestland at elevations of 2,000 to 3,200 feet are ideal for the conservation program.

Applications are due at  NRCS field offices by April 1, with contracts awarded by June 30.