November 2015 Newsletter
Partners for Conservation

PFC Directors at Meeting of Western Governor's Association Species Conservation and ESA Forum
Partners for Conservation board directors Pat O’Toole (WY) and Jim Faulstich (SD) participated in the first meeting of the Western Governor’s Association Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act Initiative in Cody, Wyoming November 12 and 13. The session featured a number of panels that presented experiences with sensitive species conservation and regulation as well as provided ideas on how species conservation goals could be achieved more effectively and efficiently.  Pat O’Toole served on a panel representing agriculture and forestry interests.  After a day of panel presentations, the attendees participated in a series of breakout sessions to further develop ideas presented during the panel discussions as well as ideas not previously presented.  Additional workshops are planned for Idaho, Hawaii and Colorado in the coming months

PFC Directors Attend Western Invasive Species Summit

PFC Board Directors Jay Tanner (UT) and Duane Coombs (NV) traveled November 17-19 to Boise to participate in western invasive species summit sponsored by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) and other partners.  The summit focused specifically on invasive species threats to the sagebrush steppe ecosystem, home of the greater sage-grouse and many other iconic species of the Great Basin.  Over 200 government agency, academic and nonprofit organization staffers attended the session.  Duane and Jay were two of the few private landowners at the session.  The Secretarial Order addressing rangeland fire in the Great Basin and a recent WAFWA publication on invasive plant management and greater-sage grouse were a focus of the summit.

Sproul Ranch Recognized with 2015 Kansas Leopold Conservation Award
PFC Board Director Bill Sproul, his wife Peggy and the Sproul Family was recognized as the first Leopold Conservation Award winners for Kansas in November 2015 by the Sand County Foundation in partnership with the Kansas Association of Conservation Districts (KACD) and the Ranchland Trust of Kansas.  Congratulations to the Sprouls!  Read more here
Bill and Peggy Sproul with Sand County Foundation
Board Director Lynne Sherrod.