The Farm Bill also provides important technical assistance and financial support for conservation on private farm, ranch, and forest lands. We need to ensure that the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is fully funded. Another important program, the Wetlands Reserve Easement Program, provides financial and technical resources for easements that restore and protect wetlands, avoiding their conversion to other uses. I would also work to provide additional funding for initiatives like the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, which provides communities with flexible funding to set priorities and lead the way on efforts to improve water quality, combat drought and wildfires, expand wildlife habitat, and enhance soil health. Similarly, the Healthy Forests Reserve Program supports landowners through easements and other financial resources to restore and protect forest resources on private lands. Both of these programs also provide climate and wildlife benefits. The Farm Bill’s focus on “landscape” conservation initiatives has also been an important way to support and build on efforts by local landowners to address water, wildlife, and ecosystem-wide issues. These programs will remain critically important under my collaborative stewardship model of addressing conservation challenges.