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Happy 127th Birthday Aldo Leopold!

January 11th, 2014 marked Aldo Leopold’s 127th Birthday.


Forest Loss on the Rebound: Sustaining Investments for America's Natural Resource Future



Local Food a Growing Trend for Land Trusts

Land trusts across the country are preserving agricultural lands to support local food systems. 


Appraisals and Valuations - How the Gift is Valued

For purposes of the tax rules, the value of a property is equal to what it would sell for if it were put to the most valuable economic use that is possible under the circumstances.&n ...


CONSERVE RANKIN COUNTY: Buffers boast benefits on & off farms

When you hear the word “buffer,” what do you think of? Maybe it evokes a safety net, a filter, or an area of shrubs and trees. In the landscape context, that’s pretty much what it is.


Farmers Themselves Prove to be Best Ambassadors When it Comes to Making the Case for Agriculture

In the Southeast, we have some of the most thoughtful and intelligent producers in the world, and they’re willing to openly share their views and expertise in a way that reflects well on the entire agricultural community.


Invasive plants, energy development threaten Southwest rangeland

While invasive plants and energy development threaten southwest rangeland, agricultural conversion remains at the top of the list of future threats.


U.S. Supreme Court Case: A change in how landowners mitigate development impacts

In Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District the U.S. Supreme Court found that the district's denial of a permit to a landowner seeking to develop wetlands on his property was an unconstitutional taking.


Climate Change Reports Warn of Major Agriculture, Forestry Impacts

The USDA has released two reports on expected effects of climate change on agriculture and forestry. Included is an analysis of potential for adaptation, pest control, fire hazards, and infrastructure changes.


Bottom Lines and the Earth's Future

For those of us who live in market economy cultures, such as the United States, we have long become accustomed to “bottom lines,” the economic or business bottom line in particular.


Major Existing EPA Laws and Programs That Could Affect Agricultural Producers June, 2007

This summary, produced by the Environmental Protection Agency Agricultural Counselor Office of the Administrator, provides a succinct, general description of EPA’s requirements, and should be used as a guide or compliance assistance tool.


IRS Guidance Regarding Appraisal Requirements for Noncash Charitable Contributions

This notice provides transitional guidance relating to the new definitions of “qualified appraisal” and “qualified appraiser” in § 170(f)(11) of the Internal Revenue Code, and new § 6695A of the Code regarding substantial or gross valuation misstatements, as added by § 1219 of the Pension Protection Act of 2006, Pub.


Commercial Wind Energy Development in Wyoming: a Guide for Landonwers

Agricultural operations in Wyoming serve as spaces for the production of food and fiber, and are also wildlife habitats, landscapes and spaces that create and accommodate a variety of lifestyles (Taylor 2003).


New Study Improves Drought Prediction Methods

A new study by researchers at Oklahoma State University’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences may well improve the predictability of seasonal droughts and provide a better way for farmers to determine when drought conditions are likely to occur.


Report to the President on Agricultural Preparedness & the Agriculture Research Enterprise

At a public meeting at the White House, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a report entitled, “Report to the President on Agricultural Preparedness & the Agriculture Research Enterprise.


Ethanol Offers Growing Environmental Benefits

Ethanol and petroleum are compared in a side by side scientific evaluation for environmental impacts.


Wetlands clean water, provide homes for wildlife across the nation

Wetlands play a crucial role in the world’s ecosystem by protecting and improving water quality, filtering surface water, storing floodwater and creating or enhancing wildlife habitat.


Cover crops making a difference at Alabama’s Dee River Ranch

Annie Dee, an Alabama ranch owner, believes fervently that if her family doesn’t practice sustainability, they won’t stay in the business of farming.


The Rise of Natural Capitalism and the New Frontier of the Restoration Economy

With GreenTrees, participating landowners now have the potential to sit back and watch their forest grow while revenues increase.


Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Options and Costs for Agricultural Land and Animal Production within the United States

U.S. agriculture consists of more than 2 million farms that collectively manage more than 922 million acres of cropland, grassland pasture, and range.

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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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