February 2017 Newsletter
Save the Date! 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 Forests.  This annual gathering is the premier national meeting of landowners and partners engaged in collaborative conservation to sustain working landscapes.  See the  Save the Date for details. Registration will open soon watch our Facebook page and newsletter for that announcement!

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.
Partners for Conservation in Northwest Arkansas

During February, Partners for Conservation director Bill Sproul and Executive Director Steve Jester traveled to Little Rock, Arkansas to present at the Annual Meeting of the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts (AACD) and later tour examples of collaborative conservation efforts in northwest Arkansas.

Partners for Conservation along with representatives of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service- Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, Illinois River Watershed Partnership, Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts, The Nature Conservancy and the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission visited collaborative conservation projects sites and met with landowners and land managers engaged in cooperative efforts.

Thanks to all for spending the time to show PFC the great partnerships in the region and special thanks to Debbie Moreland, AACD for getting Bill a spot on the agenda and Joe Krystofik, USFWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife State Coordinator for setting up the week!

Hello from Ovando!

As I write this landowners from Partners for Conservation along with our great partners from the Intermountain West Joint Venture are preparing to head to Washington DC to visit with folks we know and those we are just getting to know about how collaborative conservation can make all our efforts to sustain working landscapes more effective.  

Conservation has to start with a conversation and we are excited to start that conversation with a new group of of folks interested in keeping working lands working for both people and nature.  Effective relationships are the most powerful tool in the conservation toolbox from my perspective, but they require constant development and attention.

Speaking of relationships old and new and communication, see in this issue a Save the Date for Private Lands Partners Day 2017 as well as request for proposal to host the national gathering in 2018 and 2019.
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. 
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.