May 2015 Newsletter
Partners for Conservation

Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service Release Environmental Review of Sage-Grouse Plans
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) yesterday released final environmental reviews for proposed land use plans that will help conserve greater sage-grouse habitat.  You can read the press release from the Department of Interior here.  The plans were developed over the last three years through a collaborative planning process that involved a broad cross section of stakeholders including the states and local partners. According to the press release the plans contain three common approaches: minimizing new or additional surface disturbance, improving habitat condition, reducing threat of rangeland fire. Plans were completed for 10 states and individual proposed plans contain variations, according to the release, while remaining consistent with overall conservation objectives.  More information on the plans for each state can be reviewed here.

Working Landscapes Regional Collaboration Forum Report Released
In late February, 80 landowners, representatives of public agencies and other conservation partners gathered in Susanville, California to discuss the practice of public-private partnership and collaboration.  The event was discussed at some length in the March newsletter and a report detailing the proceedings of the forum has been completed. Download a copy of the report here.
Partners for Conservation in West Virginia

In early May, Partners for Conservation Executive Director Steve Jester traveled to West Virginia to meet with landowners in and around Charles Town including Warren and Reva Mickey.  The Mickeys have attended Private Lands Partners Day and have been participating in other Partners for Conservation activities including the Working Landscapes Regional Collaboration Forum held earlier this year in Susanville, California.  In addition to seeing some of the great collaborative work going in in West Virginia, Steve, Warren and USFWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife Coordinator for West Virginia John Schmidt were able to meet with National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) Director Jay Slack to discuss NCTC-PFC partnership opportunities. PFC Colorado board director Russell Davis will be helping to teach a class at the center later this summer. From left Jay Slack, Steve Jester, Warren Mickey, John Schmidt

Wildlife Conservation: The Original Public-Private Partnership

Partners for Conservation Executive Director Steve Jester recently penned a blog post on the role of private land and private landowners in wildlife conservation for the AGree  Food and Ag Policy initiative. You can read the blog posting here
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.