May 2018 Newsletter
Private Lands Partners Day 2018 to be held in Missouri

This year Private Lands Partners Day will be held October 2-4 in Springfield, Missouri at the Bass Pro Shops White River Conference Center . For over a decade this annual meeting has drawn together landowners and conservation partners of all types from across the country. 

We both celebrate and learn about public-private partnerships that are bringing individuals and organizations together in pursuit of solutions that work for people, communities, and our natural resources.

Registration for Private Lands Partners Day is now open and can be found at this link http://www.partnersforconservation.org/2018-plpd/. Details on lodging are also found here and a draft agenda will be available soon. 

We hope you can join us this fall in Missouri!

(PLPD 2019 is slated for fall in Ogden, Utah.)

Photo credits: Banner: White River, MO -Jerry Pierce
The 2020/2021 RFP for Private Lands Partners Day

The PFC Request for Proposals for organizations wishing to feature their landscapes by hosting the Private Lands Partners Day (PLPD) for 2020 and 2021 is open until June 1, 2018 . The PLPD is a premiere national event for learning and for celebrating large scale public-private partnerships to sustain working landscapes. 
Our Amazing Grasslands

Please enjoy the Sharp-tailed Grouse in this South Dakota grasslands video .

The South Dakota Grassland Coalition partnered with many organizations to release a video each month promoting healthy soils, grasslands, and ecosystems.
Partner & Private Land News
Agriculture
How a landowner saved the family farm in McHenry County
Read more from the Daily Herald

Soil & Water Conservation District names Weiershausen as Farmer of the Year
Read more from GoSanAngelo

Local landowners help preserve pollinators
Read more from the Commercial-News, IL

"Farms Under Threat" from the American Farmland Trust says 31 million acres of farmland lost to development
Read more : full report or executive summary

Farm dream, but ‘how do you get onto land?’
Read more from the Lynden Tribune, WA

Investing in Gallatin Valley’s green future
Read more from Bozeman Daily Chronicle, MT

Water & Wildlife
Pollmann: Large waterfowl populations don't happen by accident
Read more from Aberdeen News, SD

Pilot project to study impacts of forest management on Yuba watershed
Read more from YubaNet.com

Forests
How to Make Millions While Saving a Forest
Read more from Outside magazine

Community Agriculture Alliance: Thank a tree
Read more from SteamBoat Pilot & Today
A NOTE FROM THE CHAIR

Last fall the Senate unanimously passed the Wildlife Innovation and Longevity Driver Act, also known as the WILD Act, which reauthorized a number of programs important to wildlife conservation both in the United States and internationally. 

Foremost in my mind was the reauthorization of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program: the voluntary, private lands conservation program within the agency. The Partners program has worked cooperatively with landowners across the country for over 30 years, delivering conservation results that benefit wildlife while simultaneously meeting landowner goals and objectives for their land. 

This melding of public and private resources, and agency-landowner visions of success, exemplifies the best way to work to conserve our natural resources. 

This month, the companion bi-partisan bill, House Resolution 5885 (also known as the WILD Act), was introduced. In addition to reauthorizing the Partners program, the Act reauthorizes the Multinational Species Conservation Fund (MSCF), a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service program that provides resources to conserve species such as rhinos, tigers, elephants, great apes, and marine turtles. It expands the Marine Turtle Conservation Act and creates a new prize competition for innovation in wildlife conservation. 

It is great to see support from both sides of the aisle for the Partners program and other efforts that illustrate no matter how divided our nation may seem at times, there are still efforts and issues that we can all agree on. 

Yours in Conservation,

Jim Stone
Ovando
Nature's Good Neighbors

Where quail is king: Preserving hunting traditions in South Carolina
Read more from the US Fish and Wildlife Service

The US Fish and Wildlife Service launched Nature’s Good Neighbors in spring 2018. This series of stories showcases conservationists across the nation, many of whom are private landowners.
Private Lands Conservation Events

SD Grassland Coalition Bird Tour scheduled for June 8-9

Webinar: Wildlife Benefits from Cover Crops on Working Lands
June 12, 2pm EST

Webinar: Environmental Markets 101
June 13, 2pm EST

 
ABOUT PARTNERS FOR CONSERVATION

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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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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