September 2015 Newsletter
Partners for Conservation

 Record Registration and Attendance at Private Lands Partners Day 2015
Almost 200 landowners and partners from all regions of the country were registered for the 8th Annual Private Lands Partners Day held September 23-25 in North Platte, Nebraska. Those in attendance were able to hear about collaboration and partnership from landscapes across the country with a special focus on the twenty plus year history of the landowner-led group known as the Sandhills Task Force . The Task Force has been bringing together private and public partners for over two decades in an effort to conserve a landscape and a way of life that represents the largest intact grassland system in the United States.  Attendees also heard stories from other national landscapes and  had an opportunity to discuss roadblocks, opportunities and lessons learned from partnerships and collaborative conservation efforts.  The hosts, including the Sandhills Task Force and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, along with a record number of sponsors provided the latest and biggest iteration of what has become the premiere annual event for showcasing public-private conservation partnerships.   The 9th annual meeting will be held in Florida and a request for proposals to host in 2017 will be posted before the end of the year.

Listing Not Warranted for Greater Sage-Grouse

On Tuesday September 22, 2015 it was announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had determined that the Greater sage-grouse was not warranted for listing under the Endangered Species Act.  This announcement , as pointed out by Interior Secretary Jewell, was a result of an unprecedented level of collaboration between state, federal, nonprofit and private partners at a similarly unprecedented scale.  The accomplishments of such massive efforts as the Sage Grouse Initiative have been previously highlighted in this space.  However, it is  difficult to capture the entire scope of collaboration, coordination and work on the ground that has been accomplished by two federal departments, 11 states, scores of organizations and in excess of 1,000 landowners and land managers. All of these entities and individuals  have been "partnering up" in the historic effort to conserve greater sage-grouse without an endangered species listing.  Partners for Conservation was extremely honored to have one of our board members Duane Coombs (Nevada) on the dais during the official announcement near Denver on September 22nd. Duane's remarks about family, stewardship, collaboration, communication and particularly trust were truly inspiring.
Working Landscapes Regional Collaboration Forum Summary Available
In late February of this year, landowners, agency staff and other partners from across portions of California, Nevada and Oregon gathered in Susanville, California for a working landscapes collaboration forum.  The event provided an opportunity to transfer lessons learned on the process and power of collaboration and partnership both from around the region and across the country.  A final report of the entire proceedings was prepared and the electronic file of that report has been made available previously through this newsletter.  A shorter summary of the event has recently been completed and is available for download here.  A quantity of hard copies of this summary has also been produced.  If you would like a hard copy, please send an email with your request and mailing address to