February 2015 Newsletter
Partners for Conservation

Partners for Conservation in Sacramento and Washington
Partners for Conservation representatives traveled to both the east and west coasts during February.  During the first few days of the month PFC board members Dina Moore and Jim Stone traveled to Sacramento, California to attend the 10th annual California Rangeland Conservation Coalition Summit held in conjunction with the 68th annual meeting of the Society for Range Management. Partners for Conservation presented along with a number of collaborative conservation groups from across the west to try and identify areas of mutual interest.  Another contingent of PFC board and staff traveled to Washington the second week of February to meet with leadership of agencies and departments at the Department of  Interior and Department of Agriculture, including a meeting Secretary Vilsack. Partners for Conservation took these meetings as opportunities to continue our proactive approach to engaging in collaboration and promoting public-partnership as the most effective approach to addressing our working landscape challenges.
Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI) Accomplishment Report
Last week the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) - U.S. Department of Agriculture submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and publicly released a report on the accomplishments of the Sage Grouse Initiative since inception in 2010. The accomplishments are historic in terms of a targeted conservation inititiave at scale. To date the effort has directly impacted over 4.4 million acres in sage grouse country.  In the delivery of SGI  the NRCS has partnered with 1,129 ranches and has spent more than $424 million, with $128 million coming from partners including private landowners. During a conference call last week, NRCS Chief Jason Weller and Agriculture Undersecretary Robert Bonnie were joined by Tim Griffiths and Dr. Dave Naugle from SGI to roll out the report and answer questions. Exciting items from that call included USDA's continued financial commitment to the Sage Grouse Initiative and their stated desire to make this targeted approach to collaborative conservation at scale a template for addressing future sensitive species concerns.  A fact sheet on the accomplishment report can be found here.
Other Items of Interest
  • Please take a look at this short video from Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) featuring Utah rancher and PFC board member Jay Tanner sharing part of his family's and community's sage grouse conservation story
  • Here is a blog post hosted on the AGree website from PFC Executive Director Steve Jester on the power of collaboration and the challenge of sustaining our working landscapes
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. Visit us on the web and download a fact sheet about PFC here.