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Financial Assistance for Wildlife Habitat

Summarizes opportunities in Arkansas for tax incentives, loans, grants, land retirement and easements, and cost-share programs for conservation management - from state, federal, and nonprofit sources.

 

Payments for Forest Carbon

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Payments for forest carbon sequestration are an emerging opportunity for small forest owners to earn additional income, and in turn to sustain both the economic and ecological values of the Northern Forest.

 

The Importance of Land Trusts to Forestry

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Almost everyone in forestry has heard of land trusts since they have become a common fixture especially in areas that are rapidly urbanizing.

 

Protecting Bees from Neonicotinoid Insecticides in Your Garden

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Brochure defines Neonicotinoids and summarizes detrimental effects on bees.

 

Managing working lands for northern bobwhite: the USDA NRCS Bobwhite Restoration Project

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State of the Land 2006, A brief inventory of public and private land in the United States

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“In wildness is the preservation of the world.” Quoted from an essay by Thoreau lamenting the way in which modern urban life has made natural resources into commodities and isolated people from the natural processes on which their lives depended.

 

Putting Smart Growth to Work in Rural Communities

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Many rural communities are facing challenges, including rapid growth at metropolitan edges, declining rural populations, and loss of working lands.

 

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due: Increasing Landowner Compensation for Ecosystem Services

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This report provides an overview of existing payment programs and markets, and discusses the concepts of bundling and stacking, offer policy recommendations, and provides examples of current efforts to more effectively integrate payment opportunities for landowners.

 

Amending Conservation Easements

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How to can a land trust official identify and comply with legal restraints to amendment? How can necessary flexibility be built into the easement document?  Can a conservation easement be terminated? This paper reflects the earnest desire of an ardent conservationist to take full advantage of opportunities for flexibility that can be found within the law, recognizing that the needs of land ownership and the land itself, are by their nature subject to continual change.

 

How a Conservation Easement Works - Sample example of conservation easement

A simple example illustrates how a conservation easement works in practice. Let’s assume pressure from buyers building vacation homes has pushed the value of land up in recent years to the point where the family is concerned about how the next generation will pay the estate tax bill without selling the land.

 

Land Preservation: An Essential Ingredient in Smart Growth

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The preservation of land for working rural landscapes, wildlife habitat, urban parks, recreational trails, and protecting water supplies and floodplains is emerging as an integral component of smart growth programs.

 

Record Enrollment in Lesser Prairie Chicken Habitat Conservation Programs

Private landowners have stepped up to the plate and enrolled an unprecedented amount of acres in conservation programs to conserve and restore Lesser Prairie Chicken habitat.

 

Report Reveals Success of Conservation Compliance in Protecting Soils and Wetlands

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Conservation Compliance: A 25-Year Legacy of Stewardship explains how conservation compliance, which has historically required farmers to implement conservation measures in return for federally funded farm support, helped save millions of wetland acres while keeping billions of tons of soil on farms.

 

Soil and Water Conservation Districts

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What is a Soil and Water Conservation District? Across the United States, nearly 3,000 conservation districts - almost one in every county - are helping local people to conserve land, water, forests, wildlife and related natural resources.

 

Conservation Easements: How Flexible Is Too Flexible?

To ensure the continued conservation of natural resources and habitats, it is important to ensure that easements are not simply undone by successors to the original parties after the tax benefits have been realized.& ...

 

Conservation Easements – The Latest Tool in the Protection of Lands and Landscapes in the Mississippi Delta

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Conservation easements have been utilized as a primary tool for land protection in the United States for approximately thirty years. The movement started in the Northeastern part of the country and has slowly, but steadily, made its way to the Southeast; the Mississippi Alluvial Valley to be specific.

 

Reconciling Mineral Rights and Conservation Easements

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Answers on subsurface mining below conservation easements.

 

Excerpts from California's Wildlife Action Plan applicable to Private Landowners

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We have done the work combing through the California Plan and excerpting all of the sections that are relevant to the needs and interested of private landowners.

 

Conservation Grazing: An Opportunity for Land Trusts and Conservation Organizations

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This report lays out some of the issues associated with the decision to graze domestic livestock on conservation lands, and highlights grazing as a conservation tool.

 

Smallholder agroforestry plots may boost tree conservation: Report

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When natural forests are threatened by deforestation or climate change, the best hope for the survival of certain at risk tree species may be to include them in agroforestry plots managed by small farmers, according to new research.

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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