June 2014 Newsletter
Partners for Conservation

Partners for Conservation Before the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Partners for Conservation was invited to the June commissioners meeting of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).  The FWC asked Partners for Conservation to appear as a part of a strategic planning session designed to help gather information as the Commission refines private land strategies directed at conservation of fish and wildlife and their habitats.  PFC Chair Jim Stone provided a presentation on the collaborative conservation experience of the Blackfoot Challenge as well as on Partners for Conservation.  After the presentation FWC staff, Jim Stone and PFC executive director Steve Jester served on a panel fielding questions from the commissioners on issues ranging from landowner incentives to specific questions about public-private partnership and collaboration.  State fish and wildlife agencies are important partners in landscape-level collaborations across the country and Partners for Conservation was honored to have a conversation with the agency.

PFC with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC). From left Chris Wynn, FWC, Lefty Durando PFC Board, Florida, FWC Chairman Richard Corbett, FWC Commissioner Liesa Priddy, PFC Chair Jim Stone and PFC Executive Director Steve Jester.

Partners for Conservation at Florida Cattlemen's Association Annual Convention
After attending the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission meeting, PFC Board Chair Jim Stone and Executive Director Steve Jester joined Florida board member Lefty Durando at the annual convention of the Florida Cattlemen's Association (FCA).  The Florida Cattlemen's meeting is always one of the best attended state cattle association conventions in the country and 2014 was no exception. Jim and Steve were able to meet a number of great Florida ranchers and the conversations confirmed that landowners and landscapes face similar challenges across the country.  As a part of the visit, the group attended the FCA Board of Directors meeting.  During the session, Audubon Florida presented the 2014 Florida Sustainable Rancher Award to Adams Ranch, a member of the Northern Everglades Alliance landscape collaboration.  The FCA Board also adopted a new wildlife management best management practices (BMP)  manual developed in cooperation with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission covering state listed sensitive wildlife species. Adopting these best management practices provide landowners with certainty regarding state laws covering incidental take and demonstrate proactive conservation efforts should these species be considered for federal listing. 
Don't Forget Private Lands Partners Day, September 2014!
Save the Date!  Private Lands Partners Day 2014 September 23-25 Starkville, Mississippi

Registration Information for Private Lands Partners Day 2014 September 23-25, Starkville, Mississippi