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Farmers, ranchers work to conserve biggest aquifer in the US

The conservation efforts taken by farmers and ranchers have helped decrease the water withdrawn from the Ogallala Aquifer by more than 280 billion gallons over the past four years and are expected to continue contributing to the aquifer's health in the future.


USDA Technical Service Providers

The 2002 Farm Bill. authorized USDA to use Technical Service Providers (TSPs) The premise behind Technical Service Providers is that the demand for assistance to do conservation work is increasing and will exceed the current staffing capacity of the NRCS.


Working Together - Tools for Helping Imperiled Wildlife on Private Lands

This booklet provides information for citizen stewards and landowners, who embody President Bush’s vision of cooperative conservation—a vision built upon innovation, local ideas, inspiration and incentives, and on-the-ground action.


Fish and Wildlife Management A Handbook for Mississippi Landowners

A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO ENCOURAGING FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION, LAND MANAGEMENT, AND MAXIMUM ENJOYMENT OF RESOURCES Featuring over five hundred illustrations and forty tables, this book is a collection of in-depth discussions by a tremendous range of experts on topics related to wildlife and fisheries management in Mississippi.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Restoration, Management and Monitoring of Forest Resources in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley: Recommendations for Enhancing Wildlife Habitat

The science of forestry is evolving towards landscape planning and is furthering our understanding of the intricate relationships between forest structure and development.


The elevational ascent and spread of exotic annual grass dominance in the Great Basin, USA

Sweeping sagebrush and salt desert shrublands typify the Great Basin - a 200,000-square-mile landscape that encompasses much of Nevada and parts of Utah, Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming, and California.


Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

If adopted, the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (S. 2372 and H.R. 2773) introduced by Senators Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) would provide $1.3 ...


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.


Reducing Woody Encroachment in Grasslands: A Guide for Understanding Risk and Vulnerability

A new guide, produced through a partnership between public university extension programs in the Great Plains, the USDA-NRCS’s Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW), the USDA-NRCS’s Central National Technology Support Center (CNTSC), and various other conservation partners, provides the first-ever framework for addressing woody encroachment, now recognized as one of the top two drivers of grassland loss in the Great Plains.

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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