January 2019 Newsletter
Hosting Proposals Sought For Private Lands Partners Day 2021 and 2022

Over the last decade, Private Lands Partners Day (PLPD) has evolved to become the premier national gathering of private landowners and resource professionals engaged in public-private conservation partnerships. PLPD 2018 in Springfield, Missouri was attended by almost 200 people. Partners for Conservation is officially releasing a request for proposals (RFP) from potential hosts for PLPD 2021 and PLPD 2022.

Landscape Conservation Catalyst Fund

The Network for Landscape Conservation (NLC) is very pleased to announce the launch of a major five-year national grant program to accelerate the pace and practice of collaborative conservation at the landscape scale. 

Through generous initial support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Landscape Conservation Catalyst Fund will distribute at least $1 million in funding to landscape conservation partnerships across the United States over the first three-year period, and offer supplemental training and mentoring to grantees.

Partner/Private Lands News
Ranching & Agriculture

World Wildlife Fund is working with ranching communities to help sustain their stewardship of grasslands and prevent conversion of grasslands to land unsuitable for wildlife.

Reviewing the 2018 Farm Bill: Conservation programs gets a $555 million increase.

Research shows agriculture’s impact on birds. Tractor-based management, such as light-strip discing, and establishing native-grass practices on private grasslands enrolled in the federal and widely popular Conservation Reserve Program, can improve nest survival of multiple grassland bird species and communities.

Farmland for future generations: An unprecedented investment: NY awards $10M in grants to 6 Genesee Valley farms to protect more than 4,270 acres of highly productive agricultural lands as working farms for future generations.

Funding to preserve farmland in Ohio available from the Lake County Soil & Water Conservation District.

The land-sparing argument is mostly flawed when it promises to save land for wildlife or for carbon sequestration.

Farmers take stewardship seriously: an opinion from Kansas.

California Rangeland Trust announces conservation of land at SkyRose Ranch in South County

It took Disney 50 years, but it finally buys Osceola ranch land from pioneer ranching family.

A rancher and an ecologist hike the desert, hunting for water and common ground on the San Pedro River.


Irrigation efficiency for water conservation:
The Midwest Row Crop Collaborative, a group of leading companies and conservation organizations, focuses on advancing farmer-led programs in water conservation, water quality, and soil health in key agricultural states.

Developing and implementing high quality forest and agricultural land retention recommendations at the local level: what the Chesapeake Bay Healthy Watersheds Program has learned about forests and water quality.

Wisconsin 2018 successes of Land and Water Resources Bureau: Creativity, cooperation, and paying for opportunities for professionals and farmers to come together and assist watershed groups/address flooding in 2018.

Wadena farmer, Andy Dombeck, named Conservationist of the Year by soil conservation district in Minnesota: “we need to leave it better than when we found it.”

Partners collaborate on Northern Lake Champlain water quality efforts.
The Franklin County Natural Resources Conservation District, one of 14 in the state, promotes land use that supports human livelihoods and sustains ecosystems.

Wildlife, Recreation & Education

Prescribed fire good for health of landscape.
Bringing back woodlands, prairie, and wildlife in Missouri and Iowa, which represent a geographic transition zone where eastern forests meet the Great Plains

Increasing public access for hunting and wildlife-associated recreation in northwestern West Virginia. The Conservation Fund announced its purchase of 18,778 acres of forestland, which will also benefit threatened and endangered species.

Innovative approaches to boreal caribou protection and recovery are being advanced in Canada to conserve the nation’s iconic wildlife. Investment in multi-stakeholder groups is bringing together governments, Indigenous Peoples, industry and other stakeholders to accelerate collaborative, on-the-ground action in key areas across Canada.

Investing in Forest Health: A California startup conservation enterprise addresses one of the main causes of severe fires, such as last fall’s Camp Fire. In November 2018, Blue Forest Conservation launched its first Forest Resilience Bond (FRB), which raises private investor capital to fund the upfront costs of forest restoration, with multiple beneficiaries sharing the cost of reimbursing investors over time. 

“Woodlands protecting agriculture, not competing with agriculture,” says Ontario expert.

Greetings and Happy New Year. Partners for Conservation is really looking forward to 2019. A number of opportunities to collaborate with individuals and organizations that are keenly interested in making it easier for diverse partners to collaborate and communicate are rising to the top. 

From the new report from the California Landscape Stewardship Network, to PFC’s planned workshop on diverse partnerships for team leaders to emerging opportunities for engaging a broad range of conservation partners initiating or continuing efforts to address roadblocks to effective partnerships, 2019 looks to be both busy and exciting from start to finish. 

Planning has begun in earnest for Private Lands Partners Day 2019, and we are releasing a Request for Proposals for hosting the meeting in 2021 and 2022. A report on Private Lands Partners Day 2018 will be available very soon and hopefully will provide a flavor for what the meeting has grown to be--for those that have not attended or those who have not been in a few years. Thanks for all you do for our working landscapes and hope you have a great year!

Steve Jester,
New research about building and sustaining landscape-scale stewardship collaboratives released

The California Landscape Stewardship Network released its first report Jan 4, 2019, Capacity Building for Collaboration: A Case Study on Building and Sustaining Landscape-Scale Stewardship Networks in the 21st Century.

The Network commissioned this case study to explore the unique capacity building challenges and trends facing collaborative, cross-boundary landscape stewardship networks. Based on interviews with practitioners, funders, subject matter experts, and policymakers, this case study outlines the five most significant financing challenges facing landscape-scale stewardship collaboratives, as well as strategies from different regions across the country that are effectively build­ing capacity for collaboration.

The 2018 Leopold Conservation Award-winning Cammack Ranch

A video about healing scars left on the landscape from years past and modeling the behaviors we all should have, whether we are a homeowner, own a ranchette or run a 6000-acre ranch...

2019 Nominees Sought

The Sand County Foundation announces that the North Dakota Leopold Conservation Award is seeking nominees for 2019.
Working hard to build the herd
Meet Emery Fox, a 26-year-old rancher in Checotah, Oklahoma, who, with the support and encouragement of her family, got in the cattle business two years ago.

Each Friday, meet those farmers, producers, and landowners through our #FridaysOnTheFarm stories. Visit local farms, ranches, forests, and resource areas where USDA customers and partners do right and feed everyone.

Maximizing every drop
Rice farmers, duck hunters work with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ducks Unlimited for ‘world class habitat."

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.
Private Lands Conservation Events & Funding Announcements

Announcing the Landscape Conservation Catalyst Fund


Prescribed-fire workshop
This workshop will teach prescribed fire as a land and wildlife management tool, at Mountain Grove, MO Feb. 16, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Workshops dedicated to Women in Agriculture 
Scheduled by American Farmland Trust, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service of Ohio, and Hardin Soil Water Conservation District: Catch the last women-dedicated learning circle session in northern Ohio in March 2019 on Specialty Cropping Systems.  

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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