November 2018 Newsletter
2018 Collaborative Conservation Workshops Report Released

During August, Partners for Conservation convened two different groups of collaborative conservation practitioners in Boise, Idaho. The objective of the workshops was to provide information on the basics of diverse conservation partnerships, what it takes to build effective collaborations, as well as roadblocks and opportunities for collaborative conservation in western working landscapes. The workshop report is now out.

Partner/Private Lands News
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.

Happy Thanksgiving week from Montana! I hope you get a chance to gather with friends and family as the holiday season gets underway. Partners for Conservation certainly has a lot to be thankful for this year as we continued to meet new friends and potential partners at Private Lands Partners Day and other events throughout this past year. We really appreciate everything that our members, supporters, and other friends have brought to the conversation. 

PFC is looking forward to next year and will strive to do an even better job of sharing our story and transferring what we have learned—all in pursuit of our goal of making public-private conservation partnerships and collaborative conservation the preferred way of addressing challenges in our national working landscapes. Thank you for all you do everyday for your community and our natural resources.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Jim Stone
Our Amazing Grasslands

Get stunning views and hear the story of the Ron & Carol Brownotter Buffalo Ranch in South Dakota. Learn all they have been able to do working with NRCS, using the EQIP program especially. "My culture, the land, the buffalo all mix together. I feel my mission today is to raise them, be a help to my community, my family, the reservation as a whole, to know that the buffalo has returned to this part of the country.”
Buffalo and Buffer Strips

Meet Orv Kabat, a Michigan rancher who raises bison. In its 30th year of business, Orv’s Circle K Ranch provides meat to about 30 restaurants and health food stores across the state, while ensuring cleaner water flows downstream.


Each Friday, meet dedicated farmers, producers, and landowners through NRCS #FridaysOnTheFarm stories. Visit local farms, ranches, forests, and resource areas where USDA customers and partners do right and feed everyone.
Bringing back the “prince of game birds”

A Maryland mechanic and falconer manages crops and wildlife to bring back the whistling call of the game bird he grew up with. Out of 175 acres of forests, meadows and fields, Bob Spiering tills 50 acres and manages the rest for wildlife.

By Meagan Racey

Photo by Will Parson/Chesapeake Bay Program

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!

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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