May 2014 Newsletter
Partners for Conservation

Partners for Conservation's Vision of Success for Management of Sensitive Species

In late February, the PFC board along with other landowners, staff and leadership of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and a small number of other agency and nonprofit partners gathered in Denver to host the first Partners for Conservation Sensitive Species Forum.  After two days of productive discussions, several workgroups were formed from those in attendance to help develop a few ideas into actions that Partners for Conservation might be able to take to bring a more collaborative approach to the issue of sensitive species management.  One of the groups was tasked with developing a vision of success upon which all attendees could agree.  After a month of work, the workgroup provided a draft to the PFC Board and all the attendees.  The vision of success (below) was broadly supported by all those in attendance. 
Successful management of sensitive species occurs when threats are addressed allowing species to thrive, local economies to be sustained, and communities to remain viable throughout the landscapes which all three share.
Common elements or attributes of successful sensitive species management
  • Working landscapes are still working providing multiple benefits to species,  economies and communities
  • Trends in species population and habitat condition are improving regardless of regulatory status
  • Inclusive, collaborative approaches are the preferred method of addressing challenges
  • Landowners, communities and other relevant stakeholders are both knowledgeable of species status and actively engaged in collaborative problem solving
  • Barriers to active, open and productive communication around historically difficult issues are overcome and all landscape stakeholders are welcome at the same table
The workgroup is now moving forward with development of a plan to communicate this vision to a broader audience in hopes of building support for more collaboration around an issue that can be a divisive issue in many landscapes.

Partners for Conservation in Washington DC

PFC Board members Dina Moore (California) and Duane Coombs (Nevada) traveled to Washington DC during the last week in April to share the mission and work of the organization with elected officials.  Dina and Duane were able to visit several offices of both the California and Nevada delegations to talk about PFC as well as programs important to landscape-level public-private partnerships such as the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  They were also able to meet with staff from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) including the current Agricultural Counselor to the Administrator, Allison Wiedeman.  Although the EPA might not be the first public partner to jump to mind when discussing collaborative conservation, the agency was very involved in the collaboration led by the Yager/Van Duzen Environmental Stewards in Dina's northern California landscape. While there Dina and Duane extended an invitation to Allison to attend the upcoming Private Lands Partners Day in Starkville, Mississippi.