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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. 


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.

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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