January 2015 Newsletter
Partners for Conservation

Private Lands Partners Day 2015
Save the Date!
As announced in last month's newsletter, Private Lands Partners Day 2015 will be held in North Platte, Nebraska  September 22-24, 2015 and will be hosted by Partners for Conservation, the Sand Hills Task Force ,a local landowner-led collaboration, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  A Save the Date flyer has been prepared and can be downloaded here.  Please mark on your calendar and share with your network!  In the next month we will be sending a stand-alone Save the Date reminder as well.  Hope to see you in Nebraska!Sand Hills Wetland - by Shelly Kelly, Sand Hills Task Force

Private Lands Partners Day 2016 Hosting Request for Proposals Released
As we look forward to Private Lands Partners day 2015 in Nebraska, PFC is also pleased to announce that the request for proposal (RFP) to host Private Lands Partners Day 2016 has been released and can be downloaded here.  Partners for Conservation is interesting in seeing proposals from landscapes that are interested in hosting this unique event, with particular interest in those that have established public-private partnerships with landowners in leading roles.  Proposals will be accepted until May 1, 2015 with a decision by September 15, 2015. Please contact Partners for Conservation Executive Director Steve Jester for questions regarding the 2016 RFP.

Partners for Conservation Shares Perspective at Inter-organizationl Partnership Meetings

In January Partners for Conservation Executive Director Steve Jester attended three different inter-organizational meetings of groups working in some way on collaborative conservation.  The first meeting was of the Practitioners' Network for Large Landscape Conservation.  The network is a national organization of individuals and institutions who are engaged in large landscape conservation implementation or planning or both.   The second meeting was of the Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) . The LCCs consist of a number of partners (public and private)  who are engaged with conservation planning and science support at the regional scale.  The third meeting of the month was a national gathering of bird conservation partnerships which included many of the joint ventures along with other national and continental bird conservation partnerships, initiatives and plans.  It was interesting that at two of the three meetings PFC was the only landowner-led organization in attendance even though the critical nature of private landowner involvement in large-scale conservation was a focus of all three events.  Steve shared at each meeting that landowners are much more likely to be involved in these conservation efforts if they were effectively engaged early and often.  He also shared a number of PFC-specific examples and guiding principles.  Partners for Conservation hopes to be able to increase private landowner engagement in large scale conservation collaborations while simultaneously increasing the awareness of the landowner perspective among agencies and nongovernmental organizations.