April 2017 Newsletter

WILD Act Passes Unanimously out of Senate Committee

The bi-partisan WILD Act has passed out of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and has been advanced to the full Senate for consideration.  The act reauthorizes a number of wildlife conservation programs including the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and creates a number of new conservation awards.  See this article from Wyoming for more information on the WILD Act.

Partners for Conservation Visits Missouri

In April, Partners for Conservation staff visited southwest Missouri to learn about local cooperative conservation efforts.  PFC met with fconservation organizations, agencies and landowners who were working together on a broad array of habitats from riparian and aquatic to native grassland restoration and management.  A field tour included meeting with landowners who were working across ownership lines with partners to sustain working lands for grazing while simultaneously creating or improving habitat for pollinators and  grassland birds, including bobwhite quail.  The partners exemplify collaborative conservation in a manner that lives up to Missouri's reputation as the Show Me State! A special thanks to the USFWS-Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, Missouri Department of Conservation, USDA,-NRCS,Missouri Prairie Foundation, Audubon, BassPro and the other conservation partners for this opportunity.
Information Page Launched! Private Lands Partners Day Oct 3-5, 2017 - Maine

Make plans to attend the 10th Annual Private Lands Partners Day this year in Bangor, Maine hosted in partnership with Keeping Maine's ForestsThe information page for this year's meeting is now hereThis annual gathering is the premier national meeting of landowners and partners engaged in collaborative conservation to sustain working landscapes. Registration opens June 1 watch our Facebook page and newsletter announcements! See the  Save the Date for more details. 

Also if your landscape is interested in a future Private Lands Partners Day  in your landscape, hosting proposals are now being accepted for 2018 and 2019, check out the call for proposals.


Hello from Ovando! Spring time work is cranking up here as we start to catch up weather-wise with the southern half of the country.  They are really dry in the longleaf and I know my friend Reese has been struggling with the weather as he tries to get his tree planting and burning done.  Check out this new video that will give you an idea of what Reese is working with.  Trees go slow but those guys sure stay busy!  Also check out the just launched information page for our 10th Annual Private Lands Partners Day.  The planning team has been working on this since Hurricane Matthew left Florida back in October and I know this is going to be a great session in a part of the world where we have not gathered before.  Registration will be open June 1 and we hope you are able to join us this year!

Yours in Conservation
Jim Stone


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. 
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