October 2014 Newsletter
Partners for Conservation

Partners for Conservation Meets with Florida Lands Council

In mid-October, Partners for Conservation was invited a board meeting of the Florida Lands Council held in Tampa. Florida board member Lefty Durando and director Steve Jester traveled to Tampa to meet with the council which is comprised of Florida's 19 largest private landowners.  The Council collectively represents over 3 million acres of private land ownership and is very diverse.  Members range from timber companies, to multi-generational families to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and includes livestock, farming, timber and citrus producers among others.  The Council has been primarily concerned with private lands issues in the state of Florida but was very interested in hearing PFC's message of collaboration and partnership at a national scale.  It was a pleasure being on the the agenda with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission that shared with the Council their strategic planning efforts geared towards a higher level of engagement with private landowners. Partners for Conservation hopes to remain engaged with the Council and become engaged with other landowner-led organizations across the country.
Partners for Conservation in Washington State

Early in October PFC director Steve Jester joined Washington PFC board member Terry Mansfield in a tour of portions of eastern Washington engaging with public and private partners who have been collaborating to conserve this important area which includes grasslands, forests, sagebrush steppe and wetland habitats.  The partners working in this area to conserve important wildlife habitats and sustain working landscapes are diverse and include private landowners, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,  Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife , Natural Resources Conservation Service and Ducks Unlimited among others.  One of the most unique landscapes visited was the Channeled Scablands an area that was shaped by massive flooding as the ice dam of glacial Lake Missoula failed at the end of the last ice age.  The Channeled Scablands now include some of the most important wetland habitats in this part of the state.

PFC on the Agenda at Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Meeting 
Partners for Conservation Board Member Bill Sproul (Kansas) was a plenary speaker at the 68th Annual Conference of the Southeastern Fish & Wildlife Agencies in Destin, Florida on October 21st.  The theme of the plenary was "An Enriched North American Model of Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation".  For those not familiar with the North American Model, it is a retrospective model of how fish and wildlife management evolved in the U.S. and Canada since the nations were founded.  The model in its current form speaks almost exclusively to the management, ownership and use of wildlife and wildlife habitat, the majority of which occurs on private land, is not mentioned.  Bill shared his personal journey from a view of commodity-based conservation to community-based conservation and the need for all landscape stakeholders to collaborate to sustain are working landscapes and associated wildlife habitat.  Bill encouraged the attendees to reach out to private landowners and engage them proactively to increase the opportunities to achieve lasting conservation results at a landscape scale.

Sensitive Species Follow Up
In an earlier newsletter we shared results from PFC's Sensitive Species Forum in Denver.  We have a newly developed fact sheet describing a Vision of Success for Sensitive Species Management found on our website.  Also newly added is a reprint of an article on PFC member Reese Thompson efforts, along with his brother Frank, to conserve the longleaf pine ecosystem and associated wildlife including the gopher tortoise.  Reese was a participating in the sensitive species forum where he shared his story of collaboration on a working landscape.