Large Landscape Conservation in the Rocky Mountain West Workshop
Partners for Conservation participated in a Large Landscape Conservation in the Rocky Mountain West workshop during the first week of November in Salt Lake City. The workshop was organized by the Practitioners Network for Large Landscape Conservation and sought to connect practitioners of large landscape conservation throughout the Rocky Mountain West with the purposes of building and sharing knowledge. The workshop included representatives from public agencies, nongovernmental organizations and universities from all eight Rocky Mountain states. Partners for Conservation was able to talk to the group about large landscape conservation and collaboration from a landowner perspective. Sponsors of the event included: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, US Forest Service, Wallace Stegner Center- The University of Utah, State of the Rockies-Colorado College, Western Governor’s Association, Council of State Governments-WEST, National Forest Foundation and the National Park Service.
PFC Visits Award Winning West Box Elder Utah Coordinated Resource Management Group
Partner for Conservation Executive Director Steve Jester visited PFC members Jay and Diane Tanner in Grouse Creek, Utah located in western Box Elder County. The Tanner's gave Steve a tour of the work they have accomplished on rangelands in the Grouse Creek watershed including juniper control, range reseeding and water developments designed to benefit both forage production and wildlife including greater sage grouse. The Tanners have applied treatments to over 10,000 acres of private ground over the last several years in their quest to improve range conditions on the ranch. As a part of the visit, Steve was able to meet and talk to members of the West Box Elder Coordinated Resource Management (CRM) Group during their November 19th meeting. The West Box Elder CRM Group is a grassroots partnership of local ranchers and landowners, along with county, state and federal resource managers and universities whose vision is to work collaboratively to address landscape concerns ranging from grazing to tourism. On November 20th 2013, the West Box Elder CRM Group was honored as the recipient of the Public lands Foundation Landscape Stewardship Award. Kevin Oliver, Bureau of Land Management - Utah West Desert District Manager was quoted in a local paper as saying "The West Box Elder Coordinated Resource Management Group is an ideal example of a community-based landscape stewardship group that is committed, engaged and successful." The group has been working on conservation of some of the most productive and critical greater sage grouse habitat in Utah. Congratulations to the Tanners and to the West Box Elder CRM for their outstanding collaborative conservation efforts!