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Cross-Border Conservation: How the U.S. Forest Service Partners with Mexico to Protect Vital Shared Grasslands

From the vast grasslands of Mexico to the open plains of Canada, millions of migratory birds wing their way across borders in search of food and shelter. But these feathery travelers face an uncertain future without healthy grasslands maintained by grazing animals like bison and cattle.

Sparrow in grassland
That's why the U.S. Forest Service is teaming up with partners in Mexico to launch an innovative conservation effort: sustainable ranching. Local ranchers learn new grazing techniques to boost the land while preserving vital habitat. As an added bonus, Mexico's iconic landscapes stay protected when communities thrive. For more on this border-crossing collaboration and other U.S. Forest Service (USFS) partner projects in Mexico, check out the USFS two-page brief.