August 2014 Newsletter
Partners for Conservation

Partners for Conservation in Washington D.C.

Partners for Conservation board members Jim Stone, Jay Tanner and Diane Tanner traveled to Washington D.C. the last week in July to meet with leadership staff from the Department of Interior, the Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.  The packed agenda included meetings with USFWS Director Dan Ashe, USFWS Chief of Refuges Jim Kurth and Robert Bonnie, USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment. The PFC delegation was also able to meet with John Schmerfeld the new USFWS Branch Chief of Habitat Restoration.  Other meetings included staff of several nongovernmental conservation organizations including The Nature Conservancy and Ducks Unlimited.  Jim, Jay and Diane came away with a long "to do" list as well as several new registrations for Private Lands Partners Day in Mississippi!

Time Running Out to Register for Private Lands Partners Day 2014
Please register very soon if you are planning to attend Private Lands Partners Day 2014 September 23-25th in Starkville, Mississippi! Registration information can be downloaded below.

Registration Information for Private Lands Partners Day 2014 September 23-25, Starkville, Mississippi

PFC Board Member Participates in National Conservation Training Center Session
PFC Board Member Russell Davis of Colorado traveled to the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia during the first week in August.  Russell was invited to help deliver a new class "Restoration Policy, Planning and Partnering" developed by USFWS Coastal Program biologist Paula Golightly and Partners for Fish and Wildlife Oregon Coordinator CalLee Davenport.  Russell's  job was to present the landowner perspective on collaborative conservation as well as participate in an exercise involving public-private restoration collaboration, planning and negotiation with Russell playing the familiar role as landowner.  As a part of the class Russell was able to share his experiences with the attendees which were drawn from the Departments of Interior, Agriculture and Defense during networking time as well.  From all reports the trainers and participants were all very pleased with the knowledge and experience Russell brought to the session.  Everyone at Partners for Conservation hopes we can can continue to participate in this class and hopes we have future opportunities to help with other training opportunities that lead to increased understanding between landowners and agency staff.