LandCAN Conservation Success Stories

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Earl Thompson and The Restoration of Blackwater River

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Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and private land owner Earl Thompson propose to restore a river that feeds into to Blackwater River which was severely impacted from erosion in Okaloosa County, Florida.


 

Getting Into The Weevils

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In the last few years, weevils have become one of the best lines of defense against Polygonum perfoliatum, better known as the mile-a-minute vine. It’s an apt nickname: the a creeping, prickly perennial invasive plant has quickly wedged its way into landscapes all along the Eastern Seaboard. 


 

Grassland Love Affair

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Honesty, integrity, and productive partnerships thrive amid the native grasslands, wetlands, gravel-bottom creeks, and calcareous fens of Blue Bell Ranch in northeastern South Dakota.The reason: Herb and Bev Hamann, the ranch’s owners and land stewards for the past 45 years.


 

Big Visitors, Big Challenge

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Thousands of Pacific walruses now show up, raising concerns and sparking a community-wide effort to help the massive marine mammal survive in a dramatically changing environment.


 

A Neighbor's Promise - Family’s conservation dream preserves land for a community

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 Neighbors help neighbors, and sometimes they lift up a community. That’s the case in Elk River, Minnesota


 

Pelster Ranch

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Pelster RanchWhen Duane and Nancy (Malmsten) Pelster married in 1961, they began ranching with Nancy’s father Marden, who shared their focus on the value of the land. His belief was, “If you’re good to the land, the land will be good to you and future generations.” Marden, and his father before him, Carl, were determined to preserve the natural integrity of the ranch from the beginning of the operation in 1934.


 

Plum Thicket Farm

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Plum Thicket FarmLocated on the northern edge of the Nebraska Sandhills is Plum Thicket Farms, a diverse crop farm and cattle ranch owned and managed by Rex and Nancy Peterson, and their son Patrick and his wife Krista.


 

Anderson Ranch

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Anderson RanchJim Bill Anderson and his family are exceptional stewards of the land, water, and wildlife of Anderson Ranch, which is located in Canadian, Texas in Hemphill County, and is comprised of over 5,000 acres.


 

Blue Mountain Peak Ranch

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Blue Mountain Peak RanchBlue Mountain Peak Ranch was once in a state of disrepair; its poor range health was a result of overgrazing, and the land was heavily dominated by blueberry juniper. When it was purchased by Richard Taylor and his late-wife Sally in 2001, it was their dream to rehabilitate the land to what it was before European settlement ? more live oak savannah grassland in the uplands, and a higher density of woody plants restricted mainly to the draws. For the past eight years, Suzie Paris, Richard and Sally’s longtime friend and now Richard’s partner, has been active in the ranch restoration.


 

Cook's Branch Conservancy

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Cook's Branch ConservancyThe George Mitchell family’s Cook’s Branch Conservancy, which consists of 5,650 acres in southeastern Texas, has been managed for nearly 50 years under a family tradition of conservation and sustainability.


 

Dixon Water Foundation

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Dixon Water FoundationSpread across north central and southwest Texas, the five working ranches owned and managed by Dixon Water Foundation are sights to behold. Their mission, to promote healthy watersheds through sustainable land management to ensure that future generations have the water resources they need, has led to successful restoration of plant diversity, improved watershed conditions and wildlife habitat across all of their ranches.


 

Jack & Jan Cato

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Jack & Jan CatoFor more than three decades, Jack and Jan Cato have tirelessly pursued revitalization efforts on two ranches in two different ecological regions of Texas. Their Buckhollow Ranch is located in Uvalde and Real counties on the Edwards Plateau and the Stockard-Sirianni Ranch is in Frio County in the South Texas Plains eco region.


 

Laborcitas Creek Ranch

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Laborcitas Creek RanchWildlife habitat is flourishing in South Texas thanks to Laborcitas Creek Ranch.


 

Llano Springs Ranch

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Llano Springs RanchThe Llano Springs Ranch, located 20 miles north of Rocksprings in Edwards County, is a true, family-run operation. The 5,100 acre ranch is owned and operated by Dr. Tom G. Vandivier, his children, Tom M. Vandivier and Ann Vandivier Brodnax and their families.


 

Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve

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Selah, Bamberger Ranch PreserveJ. David Bamberger’s Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve stands as a motivating symbol of the power of private landowner conservation.


 

Temple Ranch

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Temple RanchArthur “Buddy” Temple purchased Temple Ranch, near Lufkin, in 1992. Since that time, Buddy and Ellen Temple, along with ranch operators, Robert and Jenny Sanders, have introduced many beneficial conservation practices.


 

The BigWoods on the Trinity

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The BigWoods on the TrinityDr. Robert McFarlane spent his youth hunting and fishing the lands and waters of the Middle Trinity River near Tennessee Colony. Those memories of the land stayed with him when he left for medical school at Harvard. When he returned, he saw a different landscape. It was fragmented, converted to pasture and farmland, and significantly different from the pristine land he remembered.


 

Treadwell Brady Ranch

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Treadwell Brady RanchThe Treadwell Brady Ranch implements all five of famed conservationist Aldo Leopold’s essential tools: axe, cow, plow, fire and gun. Efforts include habitat management, erosion control, supplemental food, water and shelter for wildlife, predator control, and wildlife population surveys.


 

Winston 8 Ranch

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Winston 8 RanchWhen the Winston family acquired their property just south of Nacogdoches in the 1980s, it was largely land that had been cut and not replanted. Since then, it has been carefully restored and transformed into a showplace on how to produce timber and quality wildlife habitat.


 

Circle Bar Ranch

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Circle Bar RanchThomas Jefferson Thurston was the first known European man to consider permanently settling the Weber River Valley in what is now known today as Morgan County. When Thomas saw Morgan Valley for the first time, he was immediately drawn to its green hills, which reminded him of his Ohio home. He and his family cleared the area and settled the land that is now Circle Bar Ranch.