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Farmers, Ranchers Mitigate Impacts of Drought with Good Planning

USDA’s NRCS is helping to mitigate impacts of drought across the nation. With good drought plans and conservation systems, farmers and ranchers are better equipped to manage dry and other extreme weather.


A Collsion of Visions:The truth about the woods

Rural America and the rest of the nation are experiencing a collision of visions. Rural Americans seek the conservation of their natural resources in combination with economic stability, while urban American visitors to these lands use political pressure to keep these lands pristine.


Using the 2010 Arkansas Phosphorus Index

This 14-pager from the Univ. of Arkansas Div. of Agriculture summarizes the Arkansas P Index, or API, adopted by the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission effective Jan.


Unlocking the Economic Potential of Your Woodlot

If you’re interested in long-term woodlot management, this article investigates the benefits of silviculture and the idea that forest management considers the trees that are left growing after a timber sale are just as important as the trees that are cut.


Missouri Waterbirds and Working Lands

As a product of the Waterbirds on Working Lands Audubon-Monsanto partnership, this report summarizes the interface between wetland and waterbird conservation and agriculture in Missouri, with special emphasis on Audubon Missouri's (AM) Important Bird Areas (IBA) program.


Water From the Desert: Entrepreneurs Tap into Unlikely Water Sources

Water is a scarce and contentious resource in California. Its allocation frequently breeds conflicts over endangered species, land use, and public health.


Working Trees for Agriculture

Putting trees to work in conservation and production systems for farms, ranches, and nearby communities means planting the right trees, in the right places and in the correct design to achieve desired objectives.


RWP Executive Summary (March 2014)

This updated Executive Summary of WAFWA's Range-wide Conservation Plan for the Lesser Prairie Chicken outlines the WAFWA Mitigation System, the Plan Administration (including committee composition), and current implementation status.


2012-2013 Cover Crop Survey

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has published the results of a nationwide survey that assesses the benefits, challenges, yield impacts, and scale of adoption of cover crops.


Wildlands and Woodland: A vision for the New England landscape

New England’s distinctive landscape is a testament to the resiliency of the land and the conservation ethic of its people. The remarkable return of the region’s forests following an early history of forest clearing and intensive logging offers an unprecedented opportunity to secure a more sustainable future.


Report on the National Stakeholders Conference on Honey Bee Health

After news broke in November 2006 about Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), a potentially new phenomenon described by sudden and widespread disappearances of adult honey bees from beehives in the U.


Reducing Conflict with Grizzly Bears, Wolves and Elk A Western Landowners’ Guide

This guide has been produced by and for landowners and practitioners constructively engaged in one of the greatest conservation challenges of our time—how to share and manage a wild, working landscape that sustains both people and wildlife.


Controlling Invasive Species

It is often difficult for landowners to cultivate desirable plant species on their property. An even more frustrating task is keeping unwanted plants at bay.


Taking the First Step: Farm and Ranch Alternative Enterprise and Agritourism Resource Evaluation Guide

This publication was prepared in response to requests from local advisors, farmers, and ranchers for a simple guide to the first step in identifying alternative income-producing agricultural enterprises and agritourism opportunities.


2013-2014 Cover Crop Survey Report

This document summarizes information from farmers across the United States, both users and non-users of cover crops, who responded to a cover crop survey.


Finding Farmland

A farmer's guide to working with land trusts.


Ecosystem Service Market Development: The Role and Opportunity for Finance

The creation of tradable credits for the development or preservation of ecosystem services has emerged as a method to provide such payments.


Leveraging the Landscape: State of the Forest Carbon Markets 2012

Over the last three years, projects that address the relationships between carbon and forests have moved from the sidelines of international climate action to center field.


WHEP Program a Win-win For California Rice, Waterbirds

The Montna farming family of Dingville, Calif., successfully integrates commercial rice production on its 3,000 acres of land with habitat enhancement practices which benefits waterbirds, thanks to a partnership with California's NRCS.


Green versus gray: Nature's solutions to infrastructure demands

Investors are increasingly considering the importance of green infrastructure solutions in saving the environment. 

Search our Partner Database of Conservation Success Stories

Cooperative Conservation AmericaWhat is Cooperative Conservation America? CCA is a public forum for collecting and sharing the cooperative conservation stories, lessons, models and achievements of all Americans. It provides citizen conservationists from every walk of life an opportunity to contribute to, and learn from, a common pool of conservation knowledge, tools, and practices - a cumulative and evolving database of information that will advance citizen stewardship, foster community-based conservation, encourage and support the vital role of private lands and landowners, and expand and strengthen shared governance in the care and conservation of America's lands, waters, and wildlife.


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