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Wildlife Habitat Restoration on Private Lands Professional Training 

The Wildlife Habitat Restoration on Private Lands - Professional Training is a multi-day event bringing together professionals from many agencies and organizations dedicated to habitat restoration on private lands.

The intent is to improve communications among and between agencies and organizations, offer cross-training about private lands programs, share landowner success stories, learn about successful on-the-ground techniques, and provide updates about Farm Bill programs and other information of relevance to those working with private landowners. 

Livestock producer speaking about alternative watering station
A small-acreage livestock producer speaks about his working farm and conservation practices, such as providing alternative water sources.  (Image by Becky McPeake, University of Arkansas.)

Who should attend? 

This training targets state, federal and non-governmental wildlife and fisheries biologists and foresters engaged in habitat restoration and delivery of conservation programs to private landowners.  This includes Private Lands Biologists (AGFC), US Fish and Wildlife Partners Program Biologists, Ducks Unlimited Biologists, District Conservationists, Foresters (state, consultants), and County Extension Agents to name a few.  For brevity, the target audience will be referred to as private lands professionals.  Exemplary landowners, including those who will be receiving recognition, are also invited to attend.  


 1. Educate private lands professionals about holistic land stewardship and conservation planning. 

2. Inform professionals about new and innovative restoration techniques.

3. Learn about success stories from private landowners who have restored wildlife habitat and can serve as examples for other landowners. 

4. Develop an awareness of existing opportunities for planning and implementation of conservation practices on private lands.

5. Offer continuing education credits and in-service training for private lands professionals.

6. Provide networking opportunities for private lands professionals.

Previous Programs

  • The fourth conference was a four-day event starting with a Pine-Bluestem Buffalo Road field tour at the Ouachita National Forest near Waldron; then moving to the City Rock Bluff Glade Restoration field tour at Calico Rock; and concluding with a combination of 1/2 day field tours and indoor presentations at the UA Livestock and Forestry Research Station at Batesville.
  • Applying Science to Restoring Habitat in a Changing Landscape  (2014)

    The third conference was a two-day event based in Searcy, Arkansas.  A broad range of topics from bobwhites to invasive plants were covered.  The field tour to the Augusta area featured lands enrolled in farm bill programs.

  • No Resource Left Behind:  A Holistic Approach to Land Stewardship (2012)

    The second conference was a three-day event based in Conway, Arkansas.  The conference featured a range of speakers and a field tour of private lands in the Damascus area.

  • Wildlife Habitat Restoration on Private Lands Conference (2010)

    The first conference featured two days of presentations and exhibitors in Little Rock, Arkansas.