Small game populations, including northern bobwhite, have shown precipitous declines in North Carolina. To address these declines and trends in habitat loss, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission implemented the Cooperative Upland habitat Restoration and Enhancement (CURE) program in August 2000. The CURE program has 6 objectives related directly to habitat enhancement. This is a cooperative, multi-phase project, the success of which depends upon collaboration with numerous private landowners and other agencies and organizations. The CURE program has been designed to minimize expense to landowners while maximizing habitat quality and quantity in specific geographical areas. As we enter the 21st Century, the CURE program is the Commission's attempt to address declines in small game.