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Conservation Servitudes - a path to protection

The Lousiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, through their Natural Areas Program, purchases conservation easements on private land to preserve Lousiana's natural heritage.


Coastal Forest Conservation Initiative Guidelines

Coastal forests in Louisiana have long been recognized as valuable for the goods and services that they provide. However, since coastal forests have become increasingly vulnerable to pressures from natural and anthropogenic forces, these critical habitats are in danger of being lost.


The Role of Farm Policy in Achieving Large-Scale Conservation - Bobwhite and Buffers

The conservation provisions of the Farm Bill can produce more consistent positive wildlife habitat benefits when policy (program statutes, rules, practices, and practice standards) is developed in the context of explicit goals identified as part of large-scale conservation initiatives.


Conservation buffers - wildlife benefits in Southeastern agricultural systems

Conservation buffers such as filter strips, riparian buffers, grassed waterways, and field borders are especially applicable to southeastern landscapes and have multiple environmental benefits while serving to significantly improve wildlife habitats.


Farm and Forest Land Preservation With Conservation Easements

This publication is intended to provide basic information on conservation easements for landowners, community leaders, students and other interested individuals.


NextGen Conservation - Peninsula Open Space Trust engages Millennials in its mission.

The 80 million-plus Millennials in the United States represent the next generation of potential land trust supporters and advocates.


Farmland Conservation 2.0

How land trusts can protect America's working farms.


Using Conservation Easements to Protect Working Forests

For decades, conservation easements have protected open space values such as wildlife habitat, ecological diversity, recreational access and aesthetics.


An Overview of Financial Alternatives for Land Conservation Transactions

Clearly, the motivation for a land conservation transaction is often the desire of the landowner to safeguard the property. However, this objective must be balanced with the need to maximize the return to the landowner.


Conservation of Private Lands - Opportunities and Challenges for the States

Private land conservation initiatives are a critical component of any state-level quality of life agenda. Although concerns over sprawl, including the loss of prime agricultural lands and significant green space, continue to be one of the underlying rallying cries in support of state-level smart growth initiatives, the fact remains that with few exceptions, conservation of privately-owned working lands has not received significant attention in smart growth literature or conferences.


The State of the Birds 2011 Report on Public Lands and Waters United States of America

Each year, the State of the Birds report provides important scientific data to a broad audience with a call to action to improve the conservation status of birds and the environment.


Innovations in Market-Based Watershed Conservation in the United States - Payments for Watershed Services for Agricultural and Forest Landowners

New innovations in payments for watershed services (PWS) have emerged in the past decade and are pointing the way toward watershed protection approaches that might effectively complement existing government conservation programs and incentives for rural landowners.


Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities - A Guide to Federal Programs for Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, Entrepreneurship, Conservation, Food Systems, and Community Development

This guide lists funding opportunities offered by federal programs, and is indispensable for anyone seeking government help to foster their innovative enterprise in forestry and agriculture.


The State of the Birds 2013 Report on Private Lands United States of America

Fourth State of the Birds report: the first review of bird distribution and conservation opportunities on private lands. 


Easements prove valuable in efforts to protect land

Practically no one had heard of conservation easements 15 years ago when Charleston native Herbert J. Butler began trying to protect his hundreds of acres of former rice fields.


Bobwhite and Upland Songbird Response to CCRP Practice CP33, Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds

Summary Findings The Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds practice (CP33) is the first Federal conservation practice to target species-specific population recovery goals of a national wildlife conservation initiative (the Northern Bobwhite Conservation Initiative).


13 Components of a Successful Transferable Development Right Program

For those of you who don’t know, TDR stands for Transferable Development Rights. Simply put, these are typically programs that are designed by local government to allow for the free market transfer of subdivision or development rights from a rural (agricultural and/or conservation) zone to a designated development zone within a jurisdiction.& ...


A Landowner’s Guide to Carbon Sequestration Credits

This guide offers a path for local landowners to earn additional income while helping diminish adverse effects of global climate change through implementation of carbon sequestration and other stackable incentives.


The State of the Birds 2010 Report on Climate Change United States of America

The first State of the Birds report in 2009 revealed troubling declines of bird populations in the United States during the last 40 years—a warning signal of the failing health of our ecosystems.


The State of The Birds United States of America 2009

The United States is blessed with diverse landscapes, a wealth of natural resources, and spectacular wildlife, including more than 800 bird species.

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.


View a sampling of Success stories