December 2017 Newsletter
Partners for Conservation to host Collaborative Conservation Training in the West in 2018

Partners for Conservation will be hosting several basic collaboration and partnership training sessions in the West during 2018. PFC will be working with partners to identify a handful of landscapes and individuals working within those landscapes to bring together with partners to explore approaches, opportunities and challenges to initiating a conversation, effective communication, establishing a relationship, building trust and discovering a shared vision. Partners for Conservation has, since its founding, worked to find ways to transfer what we have learned about building and sustaining productive landscape-scale conservation partnerships. Our goal in this effort is to use these training sessions to both transfer lessons learned and learn from participants what type of ongoing support would be the most useful for those hoping to increase their ability to build effective public-private partnerships. Watch the newsletter for more in early 2018!
Happy Holidays from Partners for Conservation!

We hope you are able to be with those that are most important to you this Holiday Season and that you have much to be thankful for! We would like to thank you for your interest and support over the last years and we are looking forward to seeing you all in the New Year!
Sand County Foundation Seeking Senior Program Director - Agricultural Conservation

Sand County Foundation, a national private land conservation organization, owes a debt of gratitude to Nancy DeLong as she steps back from her staff position as Senior Director of Agricultural Conservation Programs at the end of this year. DeLong, who previously served on Sand County Foundation’s Board of Directors, accepted an interim senior staff position to assist in the Foundation’s retooling of its Ag Conservation programs. She previously spent 25 years with DuPont Pioneer, the last four of which she served as Global Director of Sustainable Agricultural Systems. 
“Nancy stepped up to help Sand County enhance its strategy to make farmers and ranchers a central vehicle for improving water quality, soil health and wildlife habitat,” said Foundation President & CEO, Kevin McAleese. “Her leadership made this year-long programmatic transition efficient and orderly.”
For a full position description, visit the career section of Sand County Foundation's website at .

Happy Holidays from Partners for Conservation!
This time of year is one for both celebration, reflection and anticipation for individuals, families and organizations. Looking back over the last twelve months PFC certainly has a lot of all three to do! We had our tenth annual Private Lands Partners Day in a forested landscape that was not even on our radar when we started. We continued to make connections to great landowners and partners that are putting public-private partnership principles to work in an increasing number of landscapes. Landscapes that are increasing diverse in terms of the country and the specific challenges that they are addressing. We’ve also reflected on what are the most important things that Partners for Conservation can do to help move this way of working along and will be acting on that in 2018 and beyond. 

You might not realize it with the news we hear every day, but all across the country individuals from across the spectrum of public and private landscape interests continue to get things done to benefit the communities where they live and the places that they care about. While we celebrate what we’ve been able to do over the last 12 months, we are looking forward to what we hope to get started in 2018. And we hope you are along for the ride!
Happy Holidays to you all, I hope that all of you are able to spend some time with those you care about most and thank you for all you do for people and nature!
Yours in Conservation
Jim Stone
Ovando, Montana

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.