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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.


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.


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.


Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Notice of Availability for Draft Recovery Crediting Guidance



Candidate Notice of Review, November 2013

The Candidate Notice of Review is a yearly appraisal of the current status of plants and animals considered candidates for protection under the Endangered Species Act.


The Importance of Water to the U.S. Economy - Synthesis Report

The purpose of this report is to raise awareness of water’s importance to U.S. economic welfare, and to summarize  information that public and private decision-makers can use to better manage the nation’s water resources.


Investing in Forested Landscapes for Source Water Protection in the United States

Cities and towns across the United States face a growing water crisis. Aging water infrastructure, increasing demand, continued land use change, and increasingly extreme weather events are driving the costs of water management higher in the United States.


Treading Water How States Can Minimize the Impact of Power Plants on Aquatic Life

The power industry uses more water than any other sector of the US economy. Nearly all of this water is used for once-through cooling, an outdated process that uses enormous volumes of water and discharges it back into the environment at elevated temperatures.


REPORT TO THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE - USDA Policy and Procedures Review and Recommendations - Indian Sacred Sites

Report calls for USDA and the U.S. Forest Service to work more closely with tribal governments in the protection, respectful interpretation and appropriate access to Indian sacred sites.


National Environmental Policy Act - Categorical Exclusions for Soil and Water Restoration Activities - Final Rule

The Final Rule The Forest Service has supplemented its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations (36 CFR Part 220) with three new categorical exclusions for activities that restore lands negatively impacted by water control structures, natural and human caused events, and roads and trails.


NEWS RELEASE - US Forest Service announces final rule on restoration of soil and water resources

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2013 – The U.S. Forest Service today published in the Federal Register a final rule improving the agency’s ability to restore lands affected by roads, trails, structures such as levees, culverts and drainage tiles and disturbance events such as floods and hurricanes.


Forest Service Handbook 1909.15, Chapter 30

More information about the categorical exclusions for soil and water restoration can be found here.


Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act

On October 2, 2013 Congress passed a one year reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act as part of HR 527 Helium Stewardship Act.


EPA SPCC Sample Plan

An example of a farm facility and how the farmer determines he is covered by the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule and prepares an SPCC Plan.

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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