Ranching & Agriculture
We lose 175 acres of farmland to development every hour. Here’s how a New York coalition is fighting back. The deal involved farmers, nonprofits, state and local governments, steady community organizing, and a dramatic last-minute save.
The search for a ‘win-win’ solution to unprofitable acres: Precision agriculture meets precision conservation in ongoing profitability mapping research.
Summit County, UT contributes $500,000 toward preservation of Basin farm.
Strength in numbers for preserved farms: Land use professor Tom Daniels doesn’t want preserved farms to end up as islands in a sea of asphalt. He’d rather see them grouped together in large, contiguous blocks that allow farming to thrive.
Placer County ranchers honored for vision: The award recognizes the owners' “vision to permanently preserve the agricultural heritage of their land for generations to come.”
Milford neighbors donate 30 acres of conservation land: For almost two years, neighbors worked with neighbors on Melendy Road in Milford to permanently protect 30 acres of land.
In fiscal year 2018, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) obligated more than $63 million to Iowa farmers and landowners for conservation practices that will treat natural resource concerns on more than 450,000 acres.
Oilfield by-product water can now grow agriculture.
New poll shows conservation high priority for Wyoming voters.
The Little Lake Wissota Stewardship Project in WI aims to reduce runoff into the water and cut algae blooms. Residents and donors in the Lake Wissota Improvement and Protection Association raised $250,000 to continue the stewardship project for another five years.
How Katy Prairie landowners could help Houston fight flooding.
Wildlife, Recreation & Education
WAFWA aeeks public comment on draft Monarch Butterfly Conservation Management Plan west of the Rocky Mountains. Deadline December 6th.
Range management for the bird and herd: Manitoba Beef Producers seeks more producers for SARPAL program (Species at Risk Partnerships on Agricultural Lands).
The birds and the beef--the facts of grasslands conservation: “If we didn’t have birds, the landscape would change drastically.”
More than 15,000 acres of the Powderhorn Ranch along the Texas coast, prime unspoiled coastal prairie, is now a state wildlife management area.
NFWF announces second year of grants ($1.4 million) from the Central Appalachia Habitat Stewardship Program to restore habitat for forest birds, brook trout, and hellbender. “Through partnerships like this one, we are providing landowners the tools they need to voluntarily integrate wildlife-friendly practices on their land."
Still work to be done for sage grouse conservation.
Forest resilience bond to help fund $4.6 million restoration project to mitigate wildfire risk in Tahoe National Forest.
NRCS' healthy forests reserve program helps owners preserve, manage tracts.
American Tree Farm System announces Ohio tree farmers as outstanding tree farmers of the year.