February 2016 Newsletter
Partners for Conservation

 University Students Learn About Unique Creatures in South Georgia
In November, students from Georgia Southern University and the University of Georgia - Athens visited an actively managed longleaf forest.  While there they met and learned about some unique and important residents....the gopher tortoise, eastern indigo snake and private landowners!  PFC Board Member Reese Thompson and wife Pam hosted the students at their tree farm in south Georgia where they are actively managing longleaf pine for the trees and the creatures that live there. Read this great piece from the Orianne Society in the students' own words as they learned about this unique landscape and some of the people and animals of the longleaf. 

University of Georgia-Athens students and others visiting privately-owned and managed longleaf in south Georgia, Reese and Frank Thompson at right.
Private Lands Partners Day 2016  Save the Date
The ninth annual Private Lands Partners Day will be in Sebring, Florida-October 4th -6th.  Please see, and share, the Save the Date announcement for the event here. Registration will be open soon, watch the newsletter for more details or contact PFC executive director Steve Jester at

Partners for Conservation and USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service Neighbor Up

Partners for Conservation and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are cooperatively developing two landowner forums to gather ground-level input on experiences and ideas regarding the Working Lands for Wildlife Initiative.  The six key ingredients of the initiative (Shared Vision, Strategic, Accountability, Leverage, Certainty, Trust and Credibility) are very much in line with Partners for Conservation's vision for effective public-private partnerships that sustain working landscapes.  The initiative has seven focal areas built around wildlife species that occur across multi-state landscapes.  The invitation-only forums will feature one including participants from all seven landscapes and one that will focus on those landscapes furthest east. Watch for more information throughout 2016.

Partners for Conservation Board Members in the News

Partners for Conservation Board Secretary Dina Moore, husband Mark and the entire family-run operation at their Lone Star Ranch was recently recognized as the North American winner of the 2016 Society for Range Management’s Excellence in Range Management award.  See also this article featuring  PFC Board Member Gary Price and wife Sue and their 77 Ranch on better water, better beef and better beer from Beef magazine.