August 2013 Newsletter
Partners for Conservation

PFC Summer Trip to Washington

A number of landowners engaged with PFC traveled to Washington DC in mid-July. The group continued participation in the Farm Bill Forum and for the first time met with other landowners who were convened in  select watersheds of the Chesapeake Bay and Great Lakes to provide input in Farm Bill forums in their geographies. In addition to interacting with each other, the participants were able to hear from USDA-NRCS officials on some specific issues related to the Farm Bill Conservation Title. After the forum workshop there were meetings with staff from the Department of Interior and Department of Agriculture as well as a number of congressional staffers.  Highlights of the visits included meetings with Sally Jewell Secretary of Interior and Robert Bonnie, Under Secretary of Agriculture.  PFC board members and the PFC message were both well received during these visits.  As a part of all the meetings an invitation was extended to attend Private Lands Partners Day 2014 and to visit one or more of the landscapes represented by PFC. To see the complete Farm Bill Conservation Program Recommendations report please click here.

Partners for Conservation Outreach
Partners for Conservation Board members participated in several events during late July and August.  July 25-26 Russell Davis and Jim Faulstich attended the Sand County Foundations Innovation on the Land conference in Lincoln, Nebraska.  This conference included many former Sand County Foundation Leopold Conservation Award Winners.  Russell Davis was part of the program including PFC as a part of his presentation.  Bill Sproul included PFC as a part of a panel at the America's Grassland's conference hosted by the National Wildlife Federation and Kansas State University in mid-August in Manhattan, Kansas. Tuda Libby Crews  was asked to speak at the annual Conservation Appreciation meeting hosted by the Mesa and Ute Creek Soil and Water Conservation Districts in northeast New Mexico about her ranch and her work with Partners for Conservation.

Wyoming Sheep Camp