June 2015 Newsletter
Partners for Conservation

Sand County Foundation Publishes Landowner Stories of Sage-Grouse Conservation
Sand County Foundation (SCF) has just published Stories from the Range: Ranching and Sage Grouse Conservation profiling the efforts of six ranching families in California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming who have been actively engaged in habitat conservation efforts directed towards sage-grouse while also keeping their ranching operations sustainable.  Ranching families like the ones profiled in the SCF publication have been partnering with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service and other organizations under the auspices of the Sage Grouse Initiative. The initiative is putting collaborative conservation on the ground for this species across the range which includes parts of 11 states.  Included in the publication is the O'Toole family from Wyoming.  Pat O'Toole represents Wyoming on the PFC Board.  Sand County Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to working with private landholders across North America on voluntary land management practices that benefit the environment based in Madison, Wisconsin.

Partners for Conservation in Washington DC
On June 16, Dina Moore and Terry Mansfield traveled to Washington DC for a series of meetings on June 17 and 18 with key Congressional staff in the California and Washington delegations to promote the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and collaborative conservation programs within the Service and USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service. Although the meetings focused primarily on providing support to secure appropriate funding for the FWS Partners Program, our Board members also provided background on PFC, our goals and specific examples of how this collaborative program works to provide on-the-ground benefits for landowners by leveraging funds and encouraging voluntary conservation at a landscape scale.  Highlights of the Hill visit included a meeting with staff from the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Thad Cochrane and also included meetings with Staff Counsel for the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. This effort to support federal programs that assist private landowners and promote collaborative conservation on working lands is another example of PFC’s effort to continue our dialogue with key Congressional representatives in support of voluntary, cooperative, cost-effective conservation programs benefitting working landscapes.
Partners for Conservation Shares Working Landscapes Forum Concept in the Southeast

Partners for Conservation Executive Director Steve Jester is headed to the southeast in June to talk to landowners and partners regarding the potential for a working landscapes partnership forum similar to the Working Landscapes Regional Collaboration Forum held earlier this year in Susanville, California.  Steve will be meeting with a cross-seciton of public and private partners who have a particular interest in restoring and conserving the longleaf pine system which was once a dominant upland forest type in the southeastern United States. Partners for Conservation will be talking with state and federal agency, nongovernmental and private landowner partners to determine the desirability and content of a partnership forum in southeast.  Watch for more news on this effort in the near future!

Private-Public Partnership for Lesser Prairie-Chicken Conservation in Kansas

Check out this story on western Kansas rancher Bill Barby and his efforts to manage his ranch through drought including cooperation with USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative.  Bill attended Private Lands Partners Day 2014 in Starkville, Mississippi
Private Lands Partners Day 2015
Registration Open!

Registration for Private Land Partners Day 2015 to held September 22-25 in North Platte Nebraska is now open.   Partners for Conservation is proud to present this eighth annual national gathering this year in cooperation with the Sandhills Task Force, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and a growing list of other partners.  You can register for the meeting at the Sandhills Task Force website here.