September 2018 Newsletter
Conservation Partnership Practitioners Gather in Boise

Partners for Conservation invited conservation partnership practitioners from across the West to Boise the last week in August to share experience and learn from one another regarding the foundational elements of collaboration. The gathering included two different sessions, each of them one a day and a half long and including landowners, public agency staff, and representatives from several nonprofit organizations.

Read more about the meeting & upcoming report.

Banner photo: Idaho ranch by Billy Gast.
New landscape conservation report released: “Pathways Forward”

Transformative new era of land conservation is underway. A national network of conservation organizations, landowners, community leaders, academics, and more have released a new report that is both a call to action to conserve our irreplaceable natural and cultural lands and a celebration of how a transformative approach to conservation is gearing up to do just that. builds upon the stories and strategies shared at the 2017 National Forum on Landscape Conservation and weaves in additional information from the field. 

The 2018 report, Pathways Forward: Progress and Priorities in Landscape Conservation, captures the insights of 200 conservation leaders from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico--including PFC’s Executive Director Steve Jester and Chairman Jim Stone, who convened for two days last November in Shepherdstown, WV to strategize on the rapidly growing practice of conservation at the landscape scale. Jester is quoted saying, “Communications and relationship-building are most effective and sustainable when this happens on the front end of your planning process as opposed to being an afterthought and trying to sell it to your community.” Julie Regan, co-chair of the Network for Landscape Conservation, said, “Land protection is no longer a top-down process, or just about national parks and other protected areas. Today, it’s about people in communities across the country working together to protect and connect our lands—from our cities to our wildest areas—because there are so many ecological, cultural, public health, and economic benefits intertwined on the landscapes we call home. We have entered an exciting era of epic collaboration.”

Private Lands Partners Day 2018 is next month

The deadline to register for the 2018 Private Lands Partners Day (PLPD) has passed. We hope you will be joining us during the first week of October in Springfield, MO. If not, take note: PLPD 2019 is slated for fall in Ogden, Utah. 
Partner & Private Land News
Ranching & Agriculture
USDA celebrates quarter century of easements protecting farms & wetlands.

Land trust in Washington launches farmland conservation campaign.

Everyone agrees the country needs new farmers. Trouble is, they can’t afford land. A new tool, launched in June at, works something like an online matchmaker between farmers and sellers/lessors.

Land conservation steps into limelight as key climate change fix.

Conservation dairy farming could help meet Chesapeake targets.

CDFA takes action to the next level with ‘scaling-up Climate Smart agriculture.'

Survey in Canada points to conservation as top priority for national food policy.

Frederick County, MD Rural Legacy Program receives $3.1M grant.

Controlled fires can prevent wildfires: research.

Taking care of the land: an intro to private land stewardship in Texas.

What is private land stewardship? Lessons from agricultural opinion leaders in North Carolina.

Local Indiana farmer receives statewide award for conservation practices.

Water Stewardship

Building a future on common ground.

Wildlife, Recreation & Education
Ag secretary tours farm bill sites with Ducks Unlimited.

Tour shows ND policymakers the importance of grazing and grasslands.

Greenbelt Program adds 124.5 acres of protected lands around Ann Arbor, MI.

From farmhouse to the White House: Coordinated Implementation Program (CIP) matters.

NJ Legislation develops new guidelines for prescribed burning.

TimberWest, SFI, CCAB partner on First Nation forest management.

Forest Stewardship program in Michigan hits 1M enrolled acres.

Native American tribes conserve forests to cut carbon and capitalize on California’s market.

New forest research project works to conserve caribou in western Alberta.

Headwaters State Forest opens in NC with funding through Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Hello from Montana!

At the end of last month I got to spend some time with some landowners and conservation partners from across the West talking about their experiences building and sustaining conservation partnerships.It always recharges my batteries to see how different landscapes and communities discover the benefit of working together, and it’s instructive to see that we have so much in common. I’m particularly excited when it comes to maintaining effective, transparent communication in an effort to build the trust necessary to develop productive relationships and partnerships that result in getting stuff done.  

It is inspiring to be with people that continue to travel this road when all we hear about in some circles these days is about how much we can’t get done. It's got me really looking forward to learning about Missouri conservation partnerships in a couple of weeks at Private Lands Partners Day!

Yours in conservation,
Jim Stone 
A neighbor’s promise
Family’s conservation dream preserves land for a community
by Mara Koenig 

"Neighbors help neighbors, and sometimes they lift up a community. That’s the case in Elk River, Minnesota, where a family has given the city a present that will keep giving for generations to come."

Get more stories like this one by following " Nature’s Good Neighbors ," a series of stories showcasing conservationists across the nation, many of whom are private landowners.
Our Amazing Grasslands

This video features Steve Livermont of Livermont Ranch in South Dakota, talking about his discovery of rotational grazing. He says, "We're very excited about it. Your land will actually be better than when you were seasonally grazing it.” He's witnessed a neighboring ranch's runoff from rain easily be absorbed on his own land.
Private Lands Conservation
Events & Positions

Two Tall Timbers’ Field Days
Contact Jennifer Roberts for more information,
850.893.4153, x228 or email Jennifer

1. Carolina Field Day, Friday, October 26, 2018. Hosted by Heatherstone Farm, Stoneboro, South Carolina and
presented by the Carolina Regional Quail Project (CRQP) on these topics:
  • CRQP Update
  • Hatch Report
  • Brood and Chick Survival
  • Timber Management and Prescribed Burn Program
  • Supplemental Feeding and Predator Control
  • Integrating Deer and Turkey Hunting Objectives
  • Achieving Landscape Level Success

2. Game Bird Seminar at Tall Timbers, Tallahassee, Florida, November 1 and 2, 2018, hosted by Tall Timbers’ Game Bird Program.

The purpose of the Game Bird Seminar is to consolidate and transfer management information learned from research over the past decade with formal presentations on day 1, (Thursday, Nov. 1), combined with our annual fall field day event on day 2, (Friday, Nov. 2). This seminar in November will also coincide with Tall Timbers' 60th Anniversary.


Arkansas Monarch and Pollinator Coordinator
This is a full-time position with Pheasants Forever & Quail in Little Rock, Arkansas working directly with NRCS and supporting Arkansas Monarch Conservation Partnership. The Arkansas Monarch Conservation Partnership is a statewide coalition of public and private interests dedicated to the conservation of the monarch butterfly and other pollinator species. The mission of the Partnership is to increase and sustain habitat for monarch butterflies and pollinators through citizen involvement, and seek ways for partners, communities, and agencies to coordinate similar efforts. Apply here by October 15, 2018.

Women’s land stewardship conference offered Oct. 1-2 in Fredericksburg, TX.


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 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. 
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