October 2018 Newsletter
Private Lands Partners Day 2018 in Missouri

Two hundred people gathered in Springfield, Missouri October 2-4 for the 11th annual Private Lands Partners Day. Attendees from 32 states saw first hand some of the public-private conservation partnership efforts engaging private landowners and private lands in Missouri. In addition, they heard presentations from landowners from all over the country about the partnerships and stewardship in which they were engaged, ranging from innovative grazing cooperatives to generation of alternative energy in conjunction with pork producers.  

Read more about PLPD 2018 in Missouri and mark your calendars: PLPD 2019 is slated for September 24-26, 2019 in Ogden, Utah. 

PLPD photos courtesy of Larry Dean, USFWS
Restoring a Farm for Future Generations

Meet Bill Schlenker, a producer whose family has been farming in Meeteetse, Wyoming, since the 1800s. Bill and his family are carrying on the family legacy, successfully farming arid and productive land. Restoring and stabilizing irrigation canals has provided excellent habitat for the Yellowstone cutthroat trout, which has been classified as a sensitive species by state and federal wildlife agencies. The stabilized canals have improved water quality and will be key in mitigating future flood damage.

Read the Schlenker's full story from NRCS's #FridaysOnTheFarm


Each Friday, meet dedicated farmers, producers, and landowners through NRCS #FridaysOnTheFarm stories. Visit local farms, ranches, forests, and resource areas where USDA customers and partners do right and feed everyone.
Partner/Private Lands News
Ranching & Agriculture

Farmer details to Congress how landowners partner with government for conservation success

Ruby Valley Strategic Alliance: Conserving open spaces and agriculture

Monarchs on the move

Wrangler awards land stewardship scholarship, hosts demo farms and training
focused on sustainable soil health practices

Beef and ‘Bobs’ – Maximize cattle production and help bobwhites on your land

Keeping lands in family hands in Pennsylvania

Land Trust Alliance celebrates 25 years of easements with Natural Resources Conservation Service

Living Soil: A universe underfoot - The 54th Nobel Conference dug into the science and ethics of soil health

Local Ohio students learn about agriculture at annual Cows and Plows event

Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN takes sustainability transparency to next level

Southern New Mexico couple recognized nationally for their life’s work: Ranching family turns dumping site into prospering range land


Celebrating 10 years of clean water efforts in Anne Arundel County, MD

Wildlife, Recreation & Education

Soaring views and hawks highlight New Jenner Headlands Preserve in California

Indiana launches grassland, pollinator program

About 800 hectares of the White Moose Ranch in the foothills of southern Alberta have been protected from development by The Nature Conservancy of Canada

Homes on the Range launches to conserve the prairie dog ecosystem

Fighting fire with fire: California landowners learn about prescribed burns in workshop


GreenTrust Alliance wins award for "Excellence in Water Resources Management" 

New forestry stewardship partnership unveiled in Montana: the Good Neighbor Authority allows for forest project planning and management across all landownerships

Hello from Montana!

If you were able to join us for Private Lands Partners Day, thank you and I hope you made it home without incident. If you were not able to make it, you missed a good one. The landowners and conservation partners in Missouri, including the Bass Pro organization, could not have been more welcoming, and the work they are doing together for their natural resources and local communities was very impressive. We were able to hear their stories as well as other great stories from across the country. We were also honored to have leaders from Missouri as well as national leaders address the group.  

I especially want to thank all the folks that made the meeting possible and, like all great conservation partnerships, this group of planners, doers, and sponsors included landowners as well as individuals and organizations from state and federal public agencies, local and national nonprofits, and local and national businesses. 

It is always special to be reminded how much we have in common at the intersection of people and nature on our national working land-scapes. Please mark your calendar for September 24-26, 2019 for Private Lands Partners Day 2019 in Ogden, Utah. Would be great to see you there!

Yours in conservation,
Jim Stone 
Our Amazing Grasslands

This inspiring video features Mimi Hellenbrand's 777 Bison Ranch in western South Dakota. Get her perspective on how bison are "part of the team" she uses for holistic management to take care of wildlife, plants, the soil, the people who work on the ranch, and people who live nearby.
A cud above: Cattle operation helps endangered wildlife
“My grandfather was an environmentalist,” said Frank Imhof. “... he just wouldn’t have thought to put it that way.”
By Doug Cordell | June 21, 2018

Nature’s Good Neighbors 
The US Fish and Wildlife Service launched Nature’s Good Neighbors in 2018, a series of stories showcasing conservationists across the nation, many of whom are private landowners with some on the PFC board!

Partners for Conservation (PFC) is a private landowner-led organization which communicates and collaborates on conservation partnerships for working landscapes to benefit present and future generations. 
Our Twitter account was established in 2018, please click and follow us if you have a Twitter account!

Bison photo below by Brian Gratwick
Consider Joining Partners for Conservation
Consider becoming a member of Partners for Conservation. Partners for Conservation works to support collaboration and public-private partnerships as the first choice for conserving our national working landscapes for people and nature. More information on membership can be found on our website. 
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