October 2015 Newsletter
Partners for Conservation

Southeast Landowner Partnership Forum Scheduled
Partners for Conservation has been working with the USFWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and a host of other partners to develop and deliver a southeastern forests landowner forum for early 2016.  The date (March 2) and location (Pensacola, Florida) have been set and the planning team is moving towards retaining a facilitator, developing a final agenda and getting out invitations to the event. The number of attendees will be kept relatively small and will be mostly landowners to ensure an interactive session where landowners can discuss and provide feedback on voluntary conservation programs.  The primary goals of the event are to identify what is working, what could be working better and what is missing from voluntary, incentive based conservation programs and delivery systems in the southeast, particularly those that focus on wildlife species that inhabit the longleaf pine ecosystem. If you would like more information on the forum please contact Steve Jester with PFC ( or Sergio Pierluissi ( with the USFWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program.

 Partners for Conservation Attends Forestlands Stewards Stakeholder Forum

In late October, PFC Executive Director Steve Jester attended the Forestlands Stewards Stakeholder Forum in Charleston, South Carolina hosted by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and International Paper (IP). The Forestland Stewards Initiative is a pioneering partnership between IP and NFWF developed in 2013 to enhance forest ecosystems for the benefit of wildlife species and freshwater systems, while promoting and supporting working forests. The initiative focuses on three landscapes in the Southeast: The Coastal Carolinas, the Piney Woods of Texas and Louisiana and the Cumberland Plateau region -- stretching from northwestern Alabama to the Kentucky/West Virginia border. The goals of the forum were to share lessons learned, strengthen relationships, build partnerships and foster open, effective dialogue on Southeastern forest ecosystem issues.

Private Lands Partners Day 2015 Summary Available
Partners for Conservation is still receiving positive feedback on the Private Lands Partners Day 2015 held in North Platte, Nebraska in September.  The hosts, sponsors, presenters and attendees did an excellent job creating an atmosphere for sharing and learning as well as an opportunity to celebrate the potential and results of collaboration and public-private partnership. In lieu of a proceedings, a document that includes a one-page summary, the agenda, a participant list and a press release authored by the Sandhills Task Force has been prepared and is available here. The press release was picked up by a number of outlets including the High Plains Journal here.

Nebraska Sandhills. Photo by Joe Milmoe USFWS.